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I Will Not Believe

September 1, 2017

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I Will Not Believe

Throughout our lives  we come across a number  of simply unbelievable things  and happenings.     We simply have to  shake our heads  and snort,  “I don’t believe it!”     The Apostle Thomas  didn’t believe it either  when the other disciples claimed  Jesus had physically risen  from the dead.     The account is  in John 20:24-29.

But Thomas,  one of the twelve,  called Didymus,  was not with them  when Jesus came.     The other disciples therefore  were saying to him,  “We have seen the Lord!”

But  he said to them,  “Unless I shall see  in His hands  the imprint  of the nails,  and put my finger  into the place  of the nails,  and put my hand  into His side,  I will not believe.”

And after eight days again  His disciples were inside,  and Thomas with them.     Jesus came,  the doors having been shut,  and stood  in their midst,  and said,  “Peace be with you.”

Then He said  to Thomas,  “Reach here your finger,  and see My hands;  and reach here your hand,  and put it  into My side;  and be not unbelieving,  but believing.”

Thomas answered  and said to Him,  “My Lord  and my God!

Jesus said to him,  “Because you have seen Me,  have you believed?     Blessed are they  who did not see,  and yet believed.”

Those had been really rough days  for Thomas — going through the trauma  of Jesus’ trial  and crucifixion  had left him  without hope.     His mind  simply couldn’t grasp the idea  of Jesus’ physical resurrection.     After being devastated,  he didn’t even dare  to hope.

We get that way, too.     There are many different trials  and challenges  in life  that can just drain us  and leave us  without hope.     We’re just plain ol’  too scared  to hope.     We’re afraid  of being hurt again.

Something important  to note,  in John’s account above,  is that Jesus patiently waited  eight days  before showing Himself  to Thomas.     That gave Thomas  eight days  to mull over the idea  and to think  about the joy  the other disciples  were experiencing.

God will often do that  to us also — give us time  to think things over — time  to remember what He has said  throughout His word — time  to get our minds ready  to hope,  even though we might be  a bit afraid  to hope.

Be that as it may,  Jesus still had to give Thomas  a gentle reprimand  for his stubborn unbelief,  “Because you have seen Me,  have you believed?     Blessed are they  who did not see,  and yet believed.”

When our doubts  and fears tend  to overcome the littleness  of our faith,  it’s good for us  to “put my hand into His side”  by checking out  how all the details  of Jesus’ life,  death  and resurrection  were a fulfillment  of prophecies  made over thousands of years  of time.

Because God has proven  since the beginning  of creation  that He is dependable  in keeping His word,  we have good reason  to believe Him — before we get  to see anything.     We don’t have to be afraid  to believe God’s promises  in archeological records.

God has made promises  of eternal salvation  through faith  in Him — promises  to never leave us — promises  to strengthen us  in our trials — promises  to guide us  in the truth  of His word  as we diligently study it — promises  of His coming again.     These are all things  we can depend on  and they are things  for our eternal welfare.

This is what we can believe  as we go through our trials  on earth.     God has not promised  to make everything cushy  for us.     Instead,  we have a big leap  of faith  to take  as we listen  to Jesus  in Luke 9:23-26,

“If anyone wishes  to come after Me,  let him deny himself,  and take up his cross daily,  and follow Me.

For whoever wishes  to save his life  shall lose it,  but whoever loses his life  for My sake,  he is the one  who will save it.

For what is a man profited  if he gains the whole world,  and loses  or forfeits himself?

For whoever  is ashamed of Me  and My words,  of him  will the Son of Man be ashamed  when He comes  in His glory,  and the glory  of the Father  and of the holy angels.”

It’s worth it  to believe.     It’s worth it  to take up our cross daily  and follow our Lord,  instead of following  the worthlessness  of the world,  which will be destroyed.     It’ll be worth it  to see Jesus’ joy over us  in heaven  because we had the guts  to stand up for Him  and everything that’s right,  while we went through  our trials  here on earth.

When  we can exclaim  with Thomas, “My Lord and my God!“,  we will also say,  “Hallelujah!     Our God patiently works  with our souls.     Glory  to His name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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