Word 4U Today



*Previously, in the book of John…* The resurrection happened and someone missed it. He got a bit grumpy.

“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.” (John 20:25)

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and (doubting) 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!”” (v24-28, NIV)

Jesus is putting an end to Thomas’ unbelief, not chastising him for having doubts. It’s so important that we get this.

Jesus does not hate you for struggling with doubts, not even doubts about His existence (and we have that every once in a while, don’t we?).

What He wants to do is show you Himself, not punish you for wondering or thinking.

Your doubts do not disqualify you. (But it’s important to add that we shouldn’t allow them to take control.)

God isn’t a ‘tame lion’ and He won’t always show Himself the way we ask Him to. But countless doubting Christians have found that when they searched for God, they found Him.

And when they found Him, they found hope (and plenty of it).

What now?

Been doubting God’s presence and existence lately? Take it slowly. Step by step. Whatever’s on your mind, share it with someone you trust – maybe your church leader, a trusted friend, a Bible study member. Of course, our Twitter inbox is always open.

*See this on ‘kicking out’ those destructive doubts: http://www.ucb.co.uk/word4u-today-14453.html

Verse of the Day

 ‘…Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’ John 20:27 NKJV

Joy Ferdiz

February 16th, 2014

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