One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” - John 20:24-29
How often do we find ourselves refusing to believe something until we witness it ourselves? It can be difficult to muster up the faith to believe something we haven’t seen yet... especially if it involves a spouse who has let us down in the past, a friend who has deceived us, a father who hurt us. Sometimes it’s easier to expect nothing than to wait with anticipation, only to be disappointed when that person fails us again.
However, when it comes to Jesus, He promises that we don’t have to doubt. But sometimes we do, right? We know he has a plan. We know he will protect us. We know that if we ask something from him, we will receive it. But still sometimes forget that, doubting that he really does have it all under control.
Jesus, I know you have a plan for me... but, I’m out of a job, my girlfriend just broke up with me, and as of this morning, my car won’t start. (Insert doubt here.) I know you have a plan for me, but this can’t be it. I’ll believe when I see it come true.
Jesus, I know you will protect me... but my boss is increasingly spiteful, even after I’ve prayed for you to intervene and protect me from her seemingly endless wrath against me. (Insert doubt here.) I know you promised to protect me, but right now, I don’t feel protected. I’ll believe that promise when I see it come true.
Jesus, I know you told me that if I keep on asking, I will receive what I ask for... but for months, I’ve been asking you to heal my father from cancer, and now he’s sicker than ever. (Insert doubt here.) I know you told me if I keep asking for something, I’ll receive it, but so far I haven’t. I’ll believe that promise when I see it come true.
Doubt gets the best of us, just like it got the best of Thomas. But how do we believe things we haven’t yet seen?
We have faith. Faith in God who has kept every promise he made. We have faith in Jesus who promised never to leave us but to send the Helper (the Holy Spirit) to be with us always. Faith rises above doubt – every time.
“God, I pray for increased faith, for the ability to believe without seeing. When things get hard and doubt fills my mind, give me the courage and the confidence to push it out and to instead hold tight to your promises.”
What is one area of your life you’re having difficulty trusting God for? Maybe it’s your job, your family, your finances. Commit and submit that area of your life to him today. Ask God daily to give you the faith to follow him and provide for you.