Now that Easter is over and the eggs have all been hunted, it is easy for us to resume life as normal. When we read the accounts after the resurrection we see that life was far from business as usual. As a matter of fact it was even more difficult that the day of Jesus’ execution – at least for his disciples. They were still trying to figure out what was going on. It still hadn’t all clicked.
One disciple who was not with the others when Jesus revealed himself had his own doubts about the resurrection. He had doubts about what God had done and what He was up to. Here is the account of the disciple called Thomas in John 20:24-29…
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 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.”28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
I don’t know about you, but I find myself quite often like Thomas. I find myself needing more evidence. I find myself needing more concrete proof that God isindeed working and moving on my behalf. I find myself wanting to see Jesus face to face, so that I no longer have to guess what He is up to. I often find myself doubting God’s power.
So, what do we do when we doubt? What do we do when we are struggling to find proof that God is there and that He does care?
Look at what Thomas did. Thomas didn’t go on some spiritual pilgrimage, eat some holy flower or chant himself into a spiritual frenzy. He simply stayed close to God’s people and kept doing the next indicate thing. If you want God to reveal himself to you. You need to tuck in close to God’s people and be obedient to the things God has placed right in front of you.
Our tendency is to run from the safety and protection on community. Our tendency is to run back into sin patterns and bad habits. Yet, if we will just lean in a bit more, we will see God move in power and might like never before.
Are you struggling right now? Do you wonder if God is there or if He cares?
If so, don’t run. Dig in. Dig into fellowship, worship and community with God’s people. That is where you are going to get the answers to your questions. You will not find them while running or in isolation.
The truth is that more and more we all have doubts about God being present and caring for us. The facts are that the average Christian attends church less than he or she did 10 years ago. Why would we pull away from the community where the answer to our doubts are found, when we have them the most?
So, I would like to encourage you to press into a local church family this week. Get involved. Make attendance a regular thing. The answers will be found as you journey with God’s people, so keep journeying.