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Daily Bread

Doubts and faith

The Philippine Star

My Lord and my God!   — John 20:28

 

Can a believer in Jesus who has occasional doubts about matters of faith ever be effective in serving the Lord? Some people think that mature and growing Christians never question their beliefs. But just as we have experiences that can build our faith, we can also have experiences that cause us to temporarily doubt.

The disciple Thomas had initial doubts about reports of Jesus’ resurrection. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, . . . I will not believe” (John 20:25). Christ did not rebuke Thomas but showed him the evidence he asked for. Amazed at seeing the risen Savior, Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” (20:28). After this incident, the New Testament says very little about what happened to Thomas.

A number of early church traditions, however, claim that Thomas went to India as a missionary. It is said that while there he preached the gospel, worked miracles, and planted churches. Some of these churches in India still have active congregations that trace their founding back to Thomas.

A time of doubt doesn’t have to become a life pattern. Allow God to lead you into a deeper understanding of His reality. Renew your faith. You can still accomplish great things for Him.                      — Dennis Fisher

 

When faith grows weak

and doubts arise,

Recall God’s love and tender care;

Remind yourself of all He’s done

And of those times He answered prayer.                                                — D. De Haan

 

READ: John 20:24-31

 

Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.

 

The Bible in one year:

• Isaiah 49-51

 

ALLOW GOD

DE HAAN

DENNIS FISHER

DOUBTS

MY LORD

NEW TESTAMENT

RECALL GOD

THOMAS

UNLESS I

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