“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.'” (John 20:25)
Some of us have taken the message of Christianity and put it in a box marked “Don’t ask — don’t tell.” Ever feel like you need permission to weep when you lose a loved one? Or feel intimidated about admitting, “I really don’t know for certain”? The story of doubting Thomas teaches us that not only is it okay to doubt — sometimes it’s necessary! If you don’t, you won’t grow. You’ll wind up with somebody else’s answers, and in many cases they will be inadequate for your questions — even if you’re honest enough to ask them. Question: has some well-meaning religious soul pushed you into a corner and tried to make you believe that your questions are an offense to Christ? If so, it’s time to listen anew to the tender words of the One who knows your doubts and fears better than you do: “Peace be with you. Look at my hands and feet. Look with eyes of faith and believe. You are blessed when you believe in spite of your doubts.”
It’s okay to pray, “Lord, like Thomas, I still struggle with some doubts. I haven’t put my life all together yet. Not until I’m with You will that happen. Thank You for accepting me in my struggles, and not ignoring my questions. Thomas finally reached the place where he could say, ‘My Lord and my God.’ Thank You for being patient with me as I strive to reach that place as well.”
So, how do we get through our doubts? Like Thomas! By facing them honestly, bringing them to Jesus, and growing spiritually as a result of them.
Heavenly Father, thank you for accepting me — doubts and all, and allowing me to grow knowing my full maturity will not take place until I stand in front of You for eternity. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.