April 19, 2021
Then he [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Thomas’ reaction at this encounter with Jesus is wonderful. May we all have such moments, big and small!
It reminds me of leafing through a Christian magazine many years ago, when I was grabbed by a terrific headline: “I Do Not Believe in Prayer”
Wow! I thought. What the heck is that about? I know this magazine likes to push the boundaries, but their content is still unapologetically and firmly Christian. How can they print an article like this? How can they challenge something as basic as prayer?
The headline worked perfectly. I read the article immediately.
It was actually very brief. The writer simply observed that there are lots of people in the world who pray besides Christians: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and many other faiths. They, too, “believe in prayer,” but would we say they are praying in the same spirit and to the same God as Christians? Eventually the writer summed it up like this:
“So no, I do not believe in prayer. I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God! I believe in the Living God who HEARS our prayers and answers those prayers out of His great compassion.”
I read that article as a very young Christian and I’ve always been grateful for it. That simple observation has been with me ever since. Countless times when I have struggled with pain, confusion or doubts, it’s been a faithful reminder to simply turn to the person in charge and connect with Him, somehow, someway. Yes, that often includes “prayer,” but it’s not the act of prayer I believe in – I believe in Him.
I think that’s where Thomas was, too: confused, struggling, grieved, fighting to understand, just like we so often struggle ourselves. And when Jesus came to meet Thomas and calm his turbulent soul, what was Thomas’ response? “My Lord and my God!” Not “Hey, now I get it!” or “Jesus! How’d you do that?” but instead worship. Amazement. Relief! Trust! God is alive and on my side. It’s all going to be okay! God is here and with me.
When was the last time you had a moment like Thomas’? Have you encountered the living God recently in a way that calms your soul before Him, or have you been going through the motions of Christianity more often than not? Let’s seek Him today for whatever confusion and doubts trouble your soul!