Theme of the week: Doubt That Leads to Authentic Faith
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Key Bible Verse: But Thomas said, "First, I must see the nail scars in his hands and touch them with my finger. I must put my hand where the spear went into his side. I won't believe unless I do this!" (John 20:25, CEV) Dig Deeper: John 20:19-25
Jesus didn't hold Thomas' doubt against him. Instead, he invited Thomas to touch his wounds.
The apostle who some might have deemed the weakest believer in the bunch turned out to be one of the few who actually was able to touch the wounds of Christ. Thomas dared to question for his own soul's sake, and God was gracious enough to give him the answers and the evidence he needed.
Thomas' season of doubt didn't become a life of doubt. According to church tradition, Thomas traveled to the southern part of India as a missionary. He died there as a martyr. Today, Thomas' church still lives in India. A 2,000-year-old Christian tradition continues to survive in one of the least Christian of nations because of the "doubting apostle."
Thomas' doubt was eventually exchanged for a radical commitment to live for Christ.
I can imagine him on the southern tip of India, testifying to followers of Hinduism about the day he touched Jesus' wounds. Maybe he fin-ished his sermon by saying, "By his wounds I was healed." By the time Thomas reached India, he believed enough to die for what he believed. Searching Thomas had found something worth his life and death.
—Johnnie Moore in Honestly
My Response: What questions do I have that I wish God would answer?
Thought to Apply: The Lord loved his apostle enough to come back and offer his pierced hands to touch. He didn't rebuke Thomas for his doubts. He gave him a way to believe.—Maureen Lang (writer)
Adapted from Honestly (Harvest House, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Dear Father, help me to be honest about my own doubts and realize that you don't reject anyone for asking honest questions; please use my doubts and questions to deepen my faith and draw me closer to you.
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