"I won't believe it until I see it." Have you ever said anything like that? Sometimes we hear a story that seems more like a tall tale and it is hard to believe. Perhaps the story sounds too good to be true. In this day and age with media bombarding us from all sides, I'm sure most of us have put up some sort of wall of skepticism because we've been disillusioned by what we've heard once or twice. Even without the media showering us with exaggerated stories, we can become skeptics from our own experiences with the people we are around. This skepticism protects us from falling prey to lies; however, it also build up a wall around us so we don't believe the truth unless we have experienced it first hand. The story I am looking at today is about Thomas, a man who was skeptical about Jesus' visit with the other disciples. Please read John 20:24-29.
I grew up hearing the name, "Doubting Thomas," in Sunday School. It almost seems unfair that one moment in his life has him branded as a doubter for centuries, doesn't it? The reason why this moment of doubt was so big was because it had to do with Christ's resurrection and him doubting the word of ten other men. These are ten men he spent three years of his life with - eating, sleeping, and traveling throughout Israel. Thomas made some very strong statements of what he would need to see and feel before he could believe that Jesus was alive. And then Jesus came and showed him everything he needed to believe.
Before we judge Thomas too harshly, let's remember some of our own moments of skepticism. Perhaps there are some things that you're still feeling skeptical about. Maybe you are skeptical about someone's claim to physical healing. Perhaps you've heard someone say that God has called them to do something that was life changing and seemed a bit radical. Maybe you've heard a story of someone saying that after a life of pain and sin that they have come to know Christ as their Savior and their heart is new. Sometimes, things that God does can be difficult to believe unless we have seen it ourselves. But here is the thing...do you believe that God can do those things? Even if we haven't experienced it ourselves, we can still praise God because He can do anything. God can do things that goes beyond our imaginations.
Our skepticism can steal our joy of worshiping the God who can do anything. Our skepticism can steal the belief that Jesus rose from the dead and shares His resurrection with us. Colossians 3:1 says, "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of Heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand." Our skepticism can blind us from the realities of Heaven, which is a completely different reality from what the world tells us. But Jesus said to Thomas, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me,” John 20:29. Jesus wants us to throw away the skepticism in our hearts that demand that we need to see it to believe it and have faith. Christ's victory really is ours!
Do you need to throw away some skepticism?
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesdays.