by Christy Morrow

…Stop doubting and believe.                                  -John 21.27
Do you ever feel like Thomas? After Jesus’ death and resurrection, he appeared to his disciples. But, Thomas wasn’t there. The others told him, “We have seen the Lord!” Thomas didn’t believe them. He said: “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and out my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” Later, Jesus appeared to them again. He told Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach our your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Lately, I have been plagued with doubts. This simple statement–Stop doubting and believe–cuts through all the what ifs and brings comfort in its simplicity. When the doubts are “loud” and are creating a frenzy of activity inside you, this simple statement brings a quiet stillness. Simply put: just stop and believe. Another encouraging statement is in Mark 5:36. A ruler had come to Jesus asking him to come heal his daughter. Someone came from his house, and told him his daughter had died. It says: Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Think about that! Do you believe what someone has just told you as fact? Or, do you believe in faith something that seems supernatural and hard to believe? It seems outside our realm of possibility. But Jesus told him to believe. In the midst of your circumstances, Jesus tells all of us: Don’t be afraid; just believe–despite our fears, doubts, what ifs, what we see, or what we don’t see. If you’re struggling with this, you can pray that God will give you the strength to not be afraid, stop doubting, and to just believe. We can be assured of Psalm 46:10: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Have a wonderful day,