Daily Devotion, 2/27/18, John 20:24-29 “Be Blessed!”
“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe. Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” John 20:27-29 NIV
“Doubting Thomas,” what a great way to be remembered! Even people who don’t know the story have heard of the name. Why didn’t the rest of the crew get a label such as “Peter the Deny Guy” or something like that? Each of them had their flaws but only Thomas was immortalized, identified and labeled by his. I can’t blame Thomas for being skeptical and faithless. He knew that Jesus had died a horrific death. He knew that His lifeless body was sealed in a guarded tomb. Yes, he had heard Jesus predict His death and then promise his resurrection but it would be nothing more than wishful thinking to actually believe it to be true. Only someone with great faith in the promise maker would hold onto a promise like that.
The point Jesus was trying to make with Thomas was that faith is believing before seeing. Those who possess that level of true faith are ‘blessed” because all of the blessing filled promises of God are possible for them. Hebrews 11:6 says, “A man cannot please God unless he has faith. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. That one must also know that God gives what is promised to the one who keeps on looking for Him.” The blessings of God belong to those who by faith believe in the promises of the blessing giver.
If you’re in one of those challenging and difficult seasons where you don’t see Jesus, where you don’t see His promises being fulfilled in your circumstances, stay the course and keep the faith. Choose to believe before you see. Your believing opens the gates for God’s blessings to flow. You are loved!