Stop doubting and believe! Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed!
These are words of Jesus, inspired by God, for all who want to hear His word. Like the Apostle Thomas, Doubting Thomas, we often find ourselves doubting when we suffer trials and tragedies. However, when things are going smoothly in our lives we find ourselves trusting and believing in God more. Why should we trust less when we experience bad things. Good people suffer trials, Christian people suffer trials, Atheists, Agnostics, every person suffers trials. However, when Christians suffer trials, they do not suffer alone, they suffer knowing that God is with them in their heart, soul and mind and only wants “fullness of life” for His children.
God wants us to believe in Him without asking for signs. Signs are acceptable when looking for comfort, for example, after the death of a loved one, we often look to signs in nature for comfort (rainbows, cardinals, ringing bells, butterflies, flowers). However, when we ask for signs in order to believe this is not acceptable to God. He wants us to believe in Him without seeing. Hebrews 11:1 it states that ” Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Thomas the Apostle believed in Jesus because he had seen his wounds. Let us remember that the Holy Presence of God surrounds us daily even though we do not see Him and remember His words during times of anxiety and fear, “Peace be with you!”
John 20:19-31 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 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.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
The Purpose of John’s Gospel
30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.