Posted by: Terry | June 24, 2011

God uses cautious faith

Do you ever follow Christ cautiously, a bit uncertain, wanting more proof? Then you are in the good company of the Apostle Thomas, unfairly labeled “Doubting Thomas.”

Three times we hear of Thomas in John. He resignedly says, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." Agreeing to follow Jesus to probable death in Jerusalem; have we not all followed God reluctantly, cautiously, at times?

A second time he says, "Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus tells him, and the others that they should already know the way. Yet have we not all asked God where and how, when we either did know or should have known the answer already?

Then the most famous of Thomas’ statements, "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." Because he wanted more proof of the resurrection than the word of the other Apostles he earned the moniker of doubting. Was it wrong to want to be sure when Jesus himself had taught that the resurrection was the proof that he was God and that all he did was true? Have we not asked for more proof at sometime?

This Apostle, “Doubting Thomas”, went on to preach the Gospel through Persia and all the way into India. He followed Christ when he was unsure, he wanted to be certain of the way, and he knew that the resurrection made all the difference, he had cautious faith and God used him mightily. He had the “faith of the mustard seed” and was blessed as promised.

There is comfort in knowing that God will use even cautious faith. For cautious faith is better than no faith, and certainly better than blind faith. I strive to be like Thomas.

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