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Daily Devotional | A New Type of Belief Daily Devotional | A New Type of Belief

Daily Devotional | A New Type of Belief

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Does doubting feel like part of your DNA? We all have doubts when an infomercial makes promises that seem too good to be true. We may doubt the commitments made by others and even by us. So it should not surprise us that we entertain doubts about God. It has been the enemy’s plan from day one to plant seeds of doubts in our minds about our Creator (see Genesis 3). In today’s Scripture, Thomas was fighting a logical and a supernatural battle. He wondered: How is it possible that a person could die and return to life?

Thomas wanted hard evidence to believe the claim of Jesus’ resurrection. John tells us Thomas’ struggle with unbelief lasted for days (v. 26). Jesus could have easily appeared to Thomas, but it is interesting that He allows Thomas to wrestle with unbelief. After some time, the resurrected Jesus did appear to Thomas, through a locked door, and implored him to believe (v. 27). Notice that Thomas didn’t even need to put his hands in Jesus’ scars. Seeing the resurrected Jesus was all he needed, and he called Christ “My Lord and my God!” (v. 28).

Jesus recognized that Thomas needed to see before he would believe. But then Jesus says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (v. 29). Jesus is talking about you and me. Shortly after this encounter with Thomas, Jesus ascended to heaven. The next time we see our Lord and Savior will be at His imminent return, but in the meantime, we have Thomas’s encounter as one of the many reasons to believe in Jesus’ bodily resurrection. I have a feeling many of us can relate to Thomas. We need to see it to believe it. Thankfully, Jesus revealed Himself to doubters. Stop doubting and believe.

>> Perhaps you believe in Jesus’ resurrection, but still have doubts about God. I encourage you to dive into God’s Word and get involved in a good Bible-based church as you continue on your journey for truth.

Pray with Us

Dear God, our salvation is secure in Christ’s faithfulness, and not our own. Yet we often crave assurance that we have placed our faith in the right person. We ask that you would mercifully reassure us when we doubt.

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini is Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute. He is the former President of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as an Associate Minister of Preaching and Teaching in Spokane, Washington. Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their children reside in Northwest Indiana.

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