The verse above and its surrounding verses (John 20:19-31) are the basis for the expression “a doubting Thomas.” Thomas said he would not believe unless he saw with his own eyes and touched with his own hands.
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” – John 20:27
Thomas is pretty relatable, huh? At times, we are all guilty of being cynical or judgmental about things that we cannot easily wrap our minds around. We doubt. Sometimes becoming skeptical or unbelieving.
And unbelief is a subtle form of control, isn’t it? When I refuse to have faith in that which I cannot see or understand, I am essentially saying that if it doesn’t make sense to me, then I won’t believe it. If I haven’t seen it or experienced it personally, then I will not try to relate to it. This kind of thinking keeps me in my box. My comfortable little comfort zone. I feel in control here. Only, that is not where God intends for me to live. And it is not what He wants for me to model to my children.God does not want me to live out my life from my comfortable little comfort zone. Click To Tweet
How about Thomas’ response to Jesus in the passage above: “My Lord and my God!” (I get chills every time). The significance of those five words is inexhaustible. Awe, reverence, self-surrender. Instantaneous belief. Can you imagine being Thomas in that moment? I imagine that I would drop to my knees, overwhelmed with humility and love. And that I would then have the strength and courage to do anything and everything God asked of me. Which, from what I understand of Thomas’ life, is what he did; eventually dying a martyr.
How about you and me today, right here in our own ‘ordinary time’?
- What would it take for me to carry a deep, reverent, self-surrendering faith into my daily walk? What would I need to do differently in order that my faith might increase?
- How can I animate my activity in the midst of the busy-ness with a deep faith in Jesus, so that those around me might be supported through my faith?
- What would it sound like and look like to punctuate my conversations with His gentleness, to sprinkle His love here and there as I move through my daily routines? Most especially in my own home?
A closing prayer:
Father God, please break our hearts and minds wide open, flooding us with full, rich, deep faith in the risen Christ. We pray for the strength and the courage to look at each and every circumstance of our day through the eyes of faith. Show us how to do this. Teach us how to look at life through Your eyes, seeing what You wish for us see. Please remove our unbelief. Remove our doubts and our fears so that we may experience You more fully and trust in You without hesitation. We pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN.
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