Devotion

The Day a Doubter Believed

by Greg Laurie on Mar 31, 2021
Then Jesus told him, ‘You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.’
—John 20:29
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If you have a hard time believing there’s a God in Heaven who loves you, if it’s difficult to wrap your mind around the fact that God has a plan for your life, then Easter is for you.

Everyone struggles with doubts now and then. Oswald Chambers, author of the well-known Christian devotional My Utmost for His Highest, said, “Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.”

One of the disciples of Jesus was super skeptical. In fact, we call him doubting Thomas. After the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples, they told Thomas about it. But 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 NLT).

Yet the next time they met together, Thomas was there. And sure enough, Jesus appeared and said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (verse 20 NLT).

Thomas simply said, “My Lord and my God!” (verse 28 NLT). He didn’t want to know anything more than what the others knew, but he just needed to know for himself.

So you can come to Jesus with your skepticism. You can come to Jesus with your doubt. You can even come to Jesus if you’re an outright atheist.

However, you can’t live off the faith of someone else. You need to come to the Lord and say, “I have these questions,” and then put your faith in Him.

Someone might say, “Show me, and I’ll believe.”

But God effectively says, “Believe, and I’ll show you.”

You can turn your skepticism into faith, and you can turn your doubt into belief.

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