Devotion for April 18, 2022

“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.'” (John 20:27)

The Bible says: “Now Thomas … 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!” (vv. 24-28)

The miracle in this story is not that Christ could walk through a closed door and suddenly materialize in their presence. That’s impressive. What’s even more impressive is that Christ would show up to talk to a doubter! Jesus was not even in the room eight days earlier when Thomas expressed his doubts to the other disciples. But “The Lord knows the thoughts of man …” (Psalm 94:11)

Some of us would have looked at Thomas and thought, “Write him off, he’s not qualified to be a disciple.” Not Jesus. He recognized an honest heart and a seeking soul, and He showed up to answer his questions. Your doubts don’t disqualify you! Just take them to the Lord in prayer, and when you leave His presence you’ll be saying, “My Lord and my God.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for listening to my doubts and using them to make me stronger in my faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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