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A Spiritual Wimp
I never really related to
"doubting" Thomas. Spiritually speaking, he was a wimp. Me? I
always thought of myself as "a man of God" with granite--like
faith. But then came the Spring of '96. Within a month of watching my little
sister's casket lowered into the ground I was diagnosed with cancer and
was told I might never talk again. (Something that comes in pretty handy
to a preacher.) Honestly, most of the time, I knew that God was in charge
and that He would work everything out in the end. But then again, I had
I never said, "I won't
believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into
them, and place my hand into the wound in his side." (John 20:25 NLT)
But I did say things like, "Where are you God?" And "Why
are you doing this to me?"
Like Thomas, I had people
who loved me, even when I doubted. In verse 25, Thomas confesses his doubt,
and in verse 26 the story continues with the events of about a week later.
"Eight days later the
disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The
doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them.
He said, "Peace be with you." (John 20:26 NLT)
"Thomas was with them,"
John said. That means, the other disciples accepted him and welcomed him
into their fellowship, doubts and all. That's something I love about the
church I attend. The people loved me even when my faith was more like wet
cement than granite.
"Thomas was with them."
A doubter learns to believe in the presence of those who trust. He was
in the right place.
In the context of Christian
fellowship, love and acceptance, Thomas rediscovered Jesus' peace-and so
have I. Peace-not the mere absence of conflict, it is more than that, peace
is the presence of faith strengthened by storms.
"My Lord and my God!"
Thomas exclaimed. (John 20:28 NLT)
Now that's peace!