SEIZE THE SOLACE DAY 14: John 20:24-29

But Thomas (called “Twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were telling him, “We’ve seen the Lord!”

But he said to them, “If I don’t see the mark of the nails in his hands, put my finger into the mark of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

A week later his disciples were indoors again, and Thomas was with them. Even though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Don’t be faithless, but believe.” Thomas responded to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

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The nickname “Doubting Thomas” may not be fair to Thomas. It is true that he insisted on empirical proof (like many skeptics today) before he would believe in Jesus’ resurrection, but Jesus evidently had a higher expectation of faith from Thomas than He had for the other disciples. When the “first” Christian missionaries entered India, they found churches planted…by Thomas!

An entire week went by between verses 25 and 26. Jesus could have appeared any time during that week, but chose not to. As a result, Thomas missed out on the blessing that we receive today by believing without seeing. We have the same opportunity as Thomas today! Let us not, like Thomas, miss out on the blessing and let every person in our lives who is far from God likewise believe and be so blessed.

Practice how you would share verse 29 with the person demanding that God visibly show himself.

Pray: Profess to the unseen God your belief in Him, thank Him for this promised blessing, and ask Him for patience until that beautiful day when you finally see His face!