Tuesday’s Torch 537
May 21, 2019
Last week we discussed having faith and believing that God can and will help us. I am a very firm believer that miracles still happen and that they can happen for each one of us. As we venture into the scriptures we read the following account that happens just after the resurrected savior had appeared to all but one of the apostles.
John 20:24-31 states “But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, 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.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
For eight days the apostles were certainly overjoyed and happy at the absolute knowledge that the Savior was yet alive. All except Thomas who had not seen him. Surely Thomas wanted to believe. Surely Thomas hoped it was true. But he had not seen for himself.
A lot of times we can be like Thomas. We doubt the Savior or we doubt what his atonement can truly do in our lives. Why? Because we don’t see it. We can’t see how a thing can come to pass so we decide that unless we can see it then we will not believe. In that instance are we really relying on faith?
In those verses Christ teaches how blessed we are when we believe in him without seeing him. When we trust in him before he has made himself manifest. What good does it accomplish us to only show forth faith or belief after he has granted us the blessing we seek?
I venture that if we only believe after we have seen, we are falling short of where we should strive to be. I’m guilty of this often. I still wait on promptings I have felt certain would be fulfilled and as they continue to go unaccomplished, I can’t help but wonder when things will change. When will that miracle take place.
My belief and my faith sometimes struggle as does the belief and faith of many. I wonder, Hope and pray that my belief can ultimately become knowledge. But am I getting caught up like Thomas was. Waiting to see it happen. He was missing out on the joy of knowing that Jesus Christ was resurrected and alive again, why? Because he wanted to see it for himself. He needed more.
As we strive to do what is right and as we strive to follow the Savior, let us not get caught up in waiting for a certain thing to take place to find joy in believing and knowing that Christ has paid the price for our sins, shortcomings, imperfections and even the pains that come about because of them. God is real. Jesus Christ is his son. He is the savior of the world.
He will help us. We can trust in him. And we can place that trust in him even before we see the proof or the end result in plain sight. What a wonderful example we gain as we see this story regarding Thomas. He was a good man. He was with the Savior and had listened to him and learned from him in person. He had been very close to him as he walked the earth. But even still he had trouble fully believing and trusting. So if you are like me and sometimes struggle with things, waiting to see when God will manifest himself and give you the knowledge or the help you seek: hang on a little bit longer, and know that Gods got you. The Savior has already felt what you are going through and paid the price for it. Even if you can’t see it.
I testify that God lives and loves us. I testify that Jesus is the Son of God and our Lord and Savior. I testify that with their help, we can do the impossible. There isn’t a single battle that cannot be won when we seek their help. That is something that I have learned for a fact over the past year. Turn to God when righteous things seem impossible and He will provide a way. Believe it now. Don’t wait to see it for yourself like Thomas. Be more fully blessed as the scripture says. Believe. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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