Thurston slammed his hand on the conference table. “What? That can’t be!”

“It’s true,” one of his co-workers said. “We’ve seen him.”

He shook his head at the news of Joshua’s release. The others in their circle shared the information, but he just couldn’t believe it. Why hadn’t it been in the news?

I’ll believe it when I see him in the flesh.

He stirred sugar into his coffee. His mind raced to the events of the past few months leaving the conversation around him like a dull roar of a train chugging in the distance. Joshua’s conviction had been airtight. How did he get out?

No, it’s not true. They’re lying to him. But why?

A door closed in the outer office. Footsteps sounded on the hardwood floor.

Thurston turned and sucked in a breath.

Joshua stood in the doorway.

Thurston bolted out of his chair, spilling his coffee.

“It’s true,” he said. “I can’t believe you’re out.”

Joshua held out his hand. “Yes, feel my hand to believe it. You can stop doubting.”

Thurston wrapped his arms around his cherished leader. “I do believe.”

faith

There’s one more person I wanted to focus on during this season. One we shouldn’t overlook.

The Doubter—Thomas.

Have you ever had someone tell you something so unbelievable you were sure they were lying? I bet that’s how Thomas felt when the other disciples said Jesus was alive. I’m sure “as if” went through his mind. What can we learn from him?

Thomas had to touch to believe. He wouldn’t believe his friends. He even said that unless “I feel the nail marks in his hand, I will not believe it.” How many times have we been plagued with doubt? We struggle to not only believe in ourselves, but in the One who created us. His word. His creation. His unconditional love. Could it be that simple? Yes! Believe it.

Can we trust in God’s word? I’ve heard it said that the Bible is for the simple-minded. I disagree! The Bible is our map in this life. God inspired the hands that wrote it to give us hope and direction. Without it, we’d be lost…eternally. How about we trust it today? It’s our ultimate GPS!

Thomas touched and his doubts dissipated. Finally, when he felt the holes in Jesus’s hands, Thomas believed. He saw the light. What will it take for us to believe? Why not just have faith? Yes, it does seem too simple, but we need to think like a child. Get back to the basics.

And believe.

Jesus died that we might live. He paid the ultimate price for our salvation.

Let’s squash our doubts and shout from the mountaintops.

“I DO BELIEVE!”

Have you had doubts? How did you overcome them? Share so others can be blessed!

John 20:28-29 (The Message)

 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

I Do Believe by the Gaither Vocal Band

Listen to the words of this song. Love it!

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