The God Who Wrestles With Us
Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” John 20:27
Have you ever said, “I’ll believe it when I see it?” It’s hard to take things on faith.
Miriam had recently become a follower of Jesus but still had occasional doubts. When a friend began expressing doubts about her own faith, Miriam felt defensive. She was afraid that her friend’s doubts would amplify her own
Our faith isn’t possible without God’s tenderness and patience toward us. Not only does God bear with our weaknesses, but He also wrestles with us through our questions. This isn’t to say that your faith isn’t important! The Bible tells us that without faith, it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). He loves when we believe what He says. But He walks with us as our faith grows.
One of Jesus’s followers named Thomas, refused to believe reports that Jesus had risen from the dead. He had seen Jesus killed with his own eyes! His spirit was too crushed to hope for anything so far-fetched. Thomas declared, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side” (John 20:24). Many of us are a lot like Thomas. We’ll believe it if we see it and feel it!
When Jesus appeared to Thomas, He said to him, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (John 20:27)
Jesus meets us in our doubts and questions. Scripture says there’s great blessing for those who believe without seeing (John 20:29). If you or someone you know is where Thomas is, don’t fear. God knows the exact terms of your doubts and will meet you there.