We all suffer doubt at one time or another, and the Bible gives us a great example of one who we can learn from and be encouraged by, so come check it out and leave a comment if you’d like!
The Story of “Doubting Thomas”
Jesus appeared alive and glorified to His disciples after His death and resurrection. This was done so that they can then go and proclaim the good news of His victory over death (John 20:19-23). However, one of the disciples, Thomas, was not there for this amazing experiance (John 20:24). He was then told by the others that Jesus lives. Thomas “doubted” and wanted physical proof of the risen Lord in order to believe.
The doubt Thomas experienced may not be any diferrent than our own when facing a massive loss: despair, heartbreak, and exceeding sorrow, all of which Christ sympathizes with (Hebrews 4:15). Even though we have the Spirit within us, we can still experience doubt. This does not i repeat does not affect our eternal standing with God.
True saving faith always perseveres to the end just as Thomas’s did, and just as Peter’s did after he had a monumental moment of weakness by denying the very Lord he loved and believed in (Matthew 26:69-75). This is because, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Jesus is “the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Faith is the gift of God to His children (Ephesians 2:8-9) and He will mature and perfect it until He returns.
How to deal with Doubt
1. Go to God in prayer
2. Recognize that we are in a daily battle
Lastly, I want to encourage you, so here are some things we have that Thomas didn’t have. The indwelling Holy Spirit and the written New Testament. By the power of both the Spirit and the Word, we can overcome doubts and, like Thomas, be prepared to follow our Lord and Savior and tell others about this glorious hope we posses!