Don't be a Doubting Thomas
Have you ever heard the phrase "don't be a doubting Thomas"? There is a reason we use this phrase, as it is in reference to St.Thomas' doubt of Jesus' resurrection. How often do we doubt in our lives, whether that be doubting our faith in God, our faith in the future, doubting good can come from a hard day? Each of these are examples of doubt in God's will, God's love, for us in humanity. Think of the movie "The Lion King", and how Mufassa tells Simba that he knows best, and that he should not leave Pryde Rock, for he would be putting himself in danger. Simba doubts his father's judgement and wisdom, and disobeys, resulting in Simba getting in a dangerous situation and in the end, his father is killed. What happens when we doubt God?
Today's Gospel states: 'Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe." Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe"'(John 20:24-29).
Like Thomas and like Simba, we tend to doubt, we lose faith and think we know best. However, God knows so much more than we could ever comprehend, so it's not wonder we are wrong more often than not. However, like Thomas, we need to learn to get back on our feet, have faith in God's plan and the great possibilities He has in store for us. Look at the example of Simba, he runs away when everything seems lost, but as he recovers, and is given a push of hope, he rises to be a King. If we put hope in Jesus and God's love for us, there's not telling what we can do. Take some time today to let go of your plans, your ideas of the future and ask God to be present and to take control.
Today's prayer comes from 'Crosswalk.com' a prayer when struggling with doubt:
Lord, I believe in you. I believe you are good. I believe that I am secure in you – that I am hidden in you and no real harm can come to me with you as my rock and my salvation. I believe that you see me and you love me - that I am treasured in your sight. Help my unbelief. Help that head knowledge become heart knowledge- so that my actions reflect those truths and not the lies the enemy throws at me. Amen.