Believe the Best!
“Doubting Thomas” was defined by one sentence – “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.” But hold on – what about this bold declaration by Thomas in John 11:16 – Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Same guy? Yep. And I can relate big time. One day ready to storm the depths of hell for the name of Christ; the next day, doubting the call on my life, my purpose, and refusing to believe the unseen. You might be able to relate.
Why the wavering? We have the power of the Holy Spirit; Christ interceding for us; the Father’s unconditional love. Think with me about a trip to the beach. You stood looking at the vast ocean, excited and ready to enjoy when a huge wave or current knocks you about. You stay a while, but soon the ocean’s moodiness wears you down, and retreat to safety is more comfortable.
Every day we are bombarded by currents and moods in the media, on the phone, at work, from someone we care about, the crowds around us, social media, and on and on it goes. So while you might start the day full of faith, infused with Scripture and worship, it is only natural that, like Thomas, you might want to have a little “proof” before you fling out into the vastness of the future.
We have that proof:
- Creation – An imaginative Creator who wants to delight us daily with wonders around us, proving His love with such bounty.
- The Holy Spirit within us – Reflect on your day of salvation and that moment of surrender. It is He Who called you out, transformed your life, and gave you hope.
- The Word of God – Scarcely can you read one verse without being inspired with faith, joy, and optimism in the present and future.
Philippians 4 – 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Thomas gets one final note that defines his soul as he cries out in John 20:20 – “My Lord and my God!” Whoop – there it is. The boldness is back after an intimate encounter with Jesus.
And then the Savior gives you and I a final shout-out in verse 29 –Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Go out today – believe the best about everyone and everything. Be blessed!