Wednesday: 3rd July, 2019
John 20:27 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.”
One aspect of language that makes it extremely flexible is the ability to conjugate verbs to tell stories of the past, present or future. A correctly conjugated verb within a sentence is thus capable of relaying the exact intentions of a message-giver. In the same manner, incorrect conjugation can easily send a wrong message to the recipient.
So as we see today, the conjugated form of the verb “DOUBT” used in the Gospel is ‘doubting’, the present continuous tense. In the current context therefore, doubt is presented not as a single event, but as an ongoing one. Much like a process which may appreciate or depreciate depending on the circumstances surrounding an occurrence.
Doubt, which is an inclination to disbelief, is one of those that does not just pop up only once. It enters the frame like a seed, establishes root and springs forth shoots- it grows. Jesus therefore had to remind Thomas that he had to terminate that cycle of unbelief and to replace it with a different cycle, ‘believe’.
Beloved, just like doubting, believing also has to be continuous. You don’t only believe once, you keep on believing as though stuck on repeat mode because from the moment doubt finds a way in, it will stay on course to compete to win. So keep on believing and stop doubting.