“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!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”—-John 20:27-29
I saw a sign today that has me puzzled: “Earth is flat.” In fact, I drove about a half mile or more past the sign, then turned around and came back so I could take a photo of it. Why would someone take the time to make a sign like that? Do they believe it to be true? Is it just a joke?
My daughter informs me there are all kinds of jokes and memes online about a flat Earth, but that there are also individuals who really believe that to be true. I am surprised that people believe it since scientists have proven otherwise, but I also recognize that we all have times when we don’t believe something, no matter the proof in front of us.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus appears to His disciples after His resurrection. He comes into their very presence, shows them His hands and feet and they still do not believe. In fact, the Gospel of John shares the story of Thomas, who announces that unless Jesus shows him the marks in His hands and feet, he will not believe. Even with proof, the disciples still doubted.
It can be hard for many to believe in God because they say there is no proof. You can’t see God, so how can He exist? You can’t see God in your surroundings, so you doubt and think He isn’t there. But that is where we need to open our eyes, confess our doubts and pray for God to reveal Himself. Jesus promises, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Jesus reveals Himself in our lives, we just need to ask and seek. And then keep our eyes, hearts, and minds open so we can witness His love and power in our life.
Prayer—“Lord God, at times I have my doubts about you. I ask and seek for you to open the door so I may witness you in my life. Erase the doubts and help me to believe! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”