DAY 101 OF 365 IN 2021
John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto Thomas, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Society tends to remember people by what appears to be their worse traits – more like one misdeed has the potential to easily write off many years of positive traits. So we should not really be surprised that Thomas is remembered as ‘doubting Thomas’, as though that was the only trait he ever showed. But that is just how one action of his became his identity.
However, looking back at Thomas in the encounter with Jesus where he refused to believe what the disciples had said until he had seen it for himself, this was a seemingly the better option: to doubt and come to faith than pretend to believe. Let me rephrase this: ‘rather a doubter for a moment than become a permanent hypocrite’.
Thomas could have chosen to go along with everything the disciples had said and pretended to believe when his mind was flooded with a multitude of questions. What kind of believing would he have come to than one built on hypocrisy and pretence? Subsequently, what would have happened to those who heard the message preached by him? For it would have been one proclaimed without personal conviction.
But when he sees Jesus himself, he declared ‘My Lord and my God’ – found had dissipated and faith had arrived. Beloved, doubt is not uncertainty personified, it is a natural way of establishing our convictions and beliefs, and prepares us to stand firm by those choices once we move past those doubts. What is really important is that we do not remain in our unbelief.
rather a doubter for a moment and come to faith, than pretend to believe.