John 20:27-29

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.”

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I had lost a tooth the night before and I was anticipating the gift I would receive the next morning from a tiny little magical creature that was scheduled to arrive once I fell fast asleep. I went to bed with my suspicions, since I was getting older and the doubts I had about how legitimate this phenomenon could really be had been growing. When I woke up, I searched under every pillow on my bed in hopes that I would find a treat. To my disappointment, all I found was my missing tooth.

I went running to my mom, who was getting ready for the day, and told her that I had been forgotten by the tooth fairy. She rushed off to my room, with her purse in hand, to “help me look”. Before I could make it to my room behind her, she exclaimed that she had found what I was looking for…a five-dollar bill! I had never gotten so much for one tooth before, so I was thrilled that the tooth fairy stepped up her game this time around! Later, I realized that was all the “tooth fairy” had in her purse at the time she checked my pillows.

At that stage of my life, my mom tried to allay my suspicions in order to keep the magic alive. In reality, it just gave me more reason to doubt. The story of the tooth fairy could not stand up under my doubt, simply because it wasn’t true to begin with.

Truth doesn’t fear doubt. When Jesus was faced with Thomas’ doubt, he didn’t try to cover anything up or shut Thomas down for his questioning. Jesus simply invited Thomas to discover the truth by examining the facts. His doubt couldn’t stand up under the truth. When you find yourself doubting, press into your questions. God is not intimidated by doubts because His truth is strong enough to handle them. He invites us to examine the facts until we find the truth.

QUESTION 1. What big questions have you been wrestling with?
QUESTION 2. What have you been told about doubt? Does that line up with how Jesus responded to Thomas when he was doubting?
CHALLENGE: Give yourself grace to ask tough questions. Seek wise counsel and God’s Word to find the answers – then take God at his Word.
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