2011-04-30 - Thomas
Thomas, also known as Didymus, was one of Jesus'original twelve disciples. He was known for his devotion and courage. When Jesus told the disciples that he was going to Judea to see the dead Lazarus, they reminded Jesus of the danger of stoning by the Jews. Thomas replied to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." (John 11:16) Thomas wasn't afraid to die for Jesus.
Thomas was not present when Jesus first appeared to the other disciples after the Resurrection. When the disciples told Thomas, he said, "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." (John 20:25) A week later, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples again. Jesus told Thomas to "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 saw and believed.
How many of us have doubts about God? How many of us wonder about God's love for us, when we encounter situations that make us doubt His love and mercy? What situations affect your faith?
We have the example of Thomas, to remember when we face doubts. Even though he had been with Jesus during the course of His ministry, Thomas found his faith wavering. Jesus came to Thomas and erased his doubts. Jesus still appears to us today, through the power of the Holy Spirit. He told us that he would send the Spirit or Counselor to "teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you." (John 14:26) And as Jesus said to Thomas, "Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." (John 20:29)
When we are faced by doubts, we can seek comfort in the Scriptures, in prayer, and in the fellowship of fellow believers. Pray that God strengthen your faith and take away your doubts.