Then He said to Thomas, “Place your finger here, and see My hands; and take your hand and put it into My side; and do not continue in disbelief, but be a believer.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Knowing Thomas’ posture, Jesus was there to show Thomas His scars. He held out His hands and let Thomas place his hands at Jesus’ side.
Perhaps some of us are scared to be honest with ourselves or even wrestle with our doubts because we fear God’s response. Maybe we think He will get frustrated or disappointed and turn His back on us. But Jesus wasn’t threatened by Thomas’s doubts, and He isn’t threatened by ours. This moment changed everything for Thomas, and it actually led him to a deeper faith. As Thomas rounded the corner from doubt to belief, he was able to utter one of the most powerful confessions in the gospels: “My Lord and my God!” This wasn’t just a general statement about God; this was Thomas’s personal claim about his relationship with Jesus. Our doubt is certainly held in tension with Jesus, but not in opposition to Him.
The point is not to move from doubt to answers. The point is to move from doubt to Jesus—He will produce a stronger faith. Sometimes that means answers, and sometimes it doesn’t. Look at the way Jesus responded to Thomas in his moment of doubt. He didn’t scold him or reprimand him—and He certainly didn’t give him some long, theological treatise about why he shouldn’t doubt. No, to move Thomas from a place of doubt to belief, Jesus offered Himself—His very flesh and bones.
When your doubt arises, remember how Jesus responded to Thomas: He offered Himself. In essence, He looked at Thomas and said, “Here are my scars—see them, feel them. See with your own eyes, Thomas, that I am still who I said I would be: I am your Lord and your God!”
• Have you ever experienced a time when your doubt was not handled with kindness? If so, how did that experience shape you and affect your faith?
• When was a moment you felt the tenderness of Jesus like Thomas did?
• Take some time to thank God for His kindness, even in our doubt. Ask Him to meet you were you are, even with your questions.