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Are You A Doubting Thomas?
Our family is large and contains forty people in our immediate group. In a group text I was thanking everyone for making my Christmas happy. I began thanking them all by first name. As I went through their names, I inserted the name Thomas, along with all the others and we don’t have a Thomas in the family.
It was like throwing out a fishing plug to see who would bite.
I did get some bites of, “Who is Thomas”? I wrote back “Are you doubting Thomas?” I guess that’s an example of my warped sense of humor.
My question today is, “Do we ever doubt God?”
These three things are signs we may be doubting:
Criticism: do we allow the thoughts expressed by others to diminish our resolve of God’s infallible Word in light of current changes in our cultural views?
“They scoff at God…how proudly they speak! And so God’s people are dismayed and confused and drink it all in. Does God realize what is going on?” Psalms 73: 8-11
“And again they scoff, “Where is that God of yours? But O my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act.” Psalms 42: 10-11
Conscience: do we override our conscience and sometimes, even quench the Holy Spirit who may be speaking to us?
“for some people have disobeyed their consciences and have deliberately done what they knew was wrong. It isn’t surprising that soon they lost their faith in Christ, after defying God like that.” 1 Tim. 1:19
Circumstances: An example of a current day circumstance: any time we pray to God about anything and then immediately begin to doubt that he will answer our prayer -- this is a waste. We are told that anyone who is double minded about a prayer cannot expect to see anything good come from their prayer. Let’s say you are facing a serious issue in your life. You pray about it and you see no answer in a couple of weeks so you begin to doubt and then subsequently try to handle it yourself because you have already doubted God and edged him out. (Read James 1:6-8)
Examples of those who doubted: The storm on Lake Galilee: “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:35-41
“When john heard in prison, what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “are you the one who was to come or should we expect someone else?” Matt. 11:2-3
The disciple Thomas 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
As Christians, we must doubt our doubts…and hold on to God’s irrefutable Word.
“Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5
“Lord, I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” Mark. 9:24
“Be merciful to those who doubt.” Jude 1:22
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you.” Matt. 17:20
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut.13:5b
God says that he has given each of us a measure of faith and without faith it is impossible to please him.
Lord help us to trust you more!! Pastor Larry Worden