It is relatively easy to say to someone else, “Just Believe!” We do this often, even though the words we use differ. However, it is completely another matter when we ourselves are struggling with depression, disappointment or doubt, and are losing our own faith.
The doubt that flooded over Thomas was not dispelled by any act of will on his part. It was removed only by Jesus Christ, who appeared to Thomas in a special effort to help him.
We are seldom able to overcome our doubts by trying to rationalize them away. Usually it is the presence of God, or the visible workings of Christ in a particular manner that convinces us of the truth, love and omnipotence of the Lord. Most of the time we believe because we want to believe in something. We doubt when we don’t want to believe. Jesus broke through the wall of doubt that Thomas had placed around himself and said, “Here I am!”
We also believe because God has penetrated our consciousness and we have no option but to believe. That is why it is important to allow God the opportunity to reveal Himself and overcome the reservations we have about one or other event in the Bible. Believe because God is revealing Himself to you. If you are willing to do so, your faith will grow steadily.
We pray Father, to support those who have lost their sense of Your power and love, so that once again they can honestly say, “My Lord and my God!” Amen.