John 20:24-29 (New International Version)
Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 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 it.”
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!” 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.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Let’s face it… we all doubt! We all desire to get to a place where we are so full of faith that we walk on water, cast down demons from 20 feet, and tell mountains to move… Our doubt is our crap, but thank God He uses it as manure to grow faith. But first, we got to recognize our crap for what it is…
Sometimes we say things like, “I don’t doubt You God, just people…” Well, that’s crap! (I’m talking to myself here so if you want to participate, join me…)
Four questions we have to ask ourselves when we say things like that are:
1. Can God change anyone?
2. Am I creating room for change in them?
3. Do they know that there’s room?
4. When God changes them, will I be willing to reconcile with them and witness their restoration?
Your mind right now is going, “but they have to want to change…” I didn’t ask you that! That, in all honesty, is us not fully believing that the Holy Spirit can get to them. I didn’t ask if we believe that this person would choose to change, I asked: “Can God change them?” We can’t steward their response…
It’s those honest inventories that God can/will work with… What are you hesitating to believe God with today? What are you even partially believing Him with? Partial belief is still doubt! I believe a large portion of Americans believe in a God, but not IN GOD. When Thomas doubted, He believed in Jesus (a concept), but not that He rose from the dead (the Power of God):
The greatest part of this story is that God isn’t afraid of our doubt nor is He fragile about it… Touch God today, stop doubting and believe.