TROUBLESOME DOUBTS John 20:19-31
“Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”(v28)
Another cause of Christians experiencing brokenness is deep and depressing doubts. Some of these individuals go through a deep agony of the soul as they wrestle inwardly with this problem of doubt and can become spiritually exhausted. I once met someone like this: She was a scientist and had serious doubt about certain parts of Scriptures, I’m afraid that one day I’ll wake up!
She said, “and discover that science has disproved large chunks of the Bible.” I could sympathize with her, but in reality her doubts were quite unfounded. Science – real science, that is – will never disprove the Bible. Half-baked science may appear to discredit the truth of God’s Word, but real science only ever validates it. The classic example of a person who doubted is the disciple, Thomas. We call him “doubting Thomas,” but that is largely an unfair label. How sad it is that often we pick out a negative trait in a person and label them according to that one thing. Thomas had his moment of doubt, but he became strong at the broken place. How strong? Let history judge. A well-authenticated tradition has it that Thomas went to India and founded a strong church there. Even today there are Christians in India who call themselves by his name – The St Thomas Christians. They are some of the finest Christians I have ever met. Thomas had his doubts allayed in one glorious moment of illumination – and then he went places. So can you.
PRAYER LINE: My Father, just as You took Thomas and changed him from a doubter to a man of amazing faith and achievement, so I pray that You will do the same for me. For Your own dear name sake. I ask it. Amen. (EDWJ)
Brokenness can lead to wholeness