Doubting? We’re Included!

John 20:24-29

“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), 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.’

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!’

Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’”
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Jesus is fully man and fully God. And since we are human, how many times we doubt when things go wrong or any type of hardship comes by (part of life). I remember with my first wife when she she became sick with cancer, we prayed, we believed, we quoted ourselves scriptures, we did the whole thing. But she passed away. That brings doubt in one’s mind. You begin to wonder why God didn’t heal her. It stirs us up and we think, why didn’t God heal her or why He didn’t show up.

Also, many times in life we make mistakes and bad choices and go down the wrong paths, and then we beat ourselves up about it. Then we can get depressed and begin to doubt God: Where is His help, where did He go, what was this all about? That is quite a normal, human thing to do. But our doubting does not change the fact of His great love for us and that we are still His children! Guaranteed with eternal life! And He knows it all, and knows what is best for us.
We are made in three parts: Spirit, soul, and body. The soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Doubt fits in there. Now, doubting does not change at all our spirit, in which Jesus dwells and has exchanged His life for ours on the cross.
An example of Jesus being 100% man and fully God, and even doubting is when He was on his way to be crucified, He struggled and at one stage He prayed all night and was sweating droplets of blood, thinking about where He was going. Another example is when He was on the cross, in His agony of feeling forsaken, He cried to his Father, “Help me” but there was no answer, and we can imagine the doubt that must have been in His mind, BUT we know the victorious outcome: Jesus arose from the dead, and by his actions of going through it all, He wiped away all of our sins, past, present and future!!! That was our Great Redeemer. Price paid in full for us!!
We can be encouraged to know that Jesus’s promise for us today is what He said to the doubting Thomas all those years ago – even when things happen in our lives, we may not think we can see Him, His promise for us is this:

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

We are the “those” that Jesus’s blessing and promise is for! We are included!
With all that in mind then, we know that when we go through things that stretch our beliefs and faith, that by this promise, all we have to do is put our trust and belief in Him, because God is love and He loves you very, very, very much!! God bless you all today.

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