Greetings from Pastor James
Questioning God’s presence in your life while going through these difficult times this past year is doubting. It is okay to doubt. We are human. We all doubt at times. But don’t let doubt overtake you. Don’t let doubt imprison you. Don’t let doubt hold you back.
We have doubt when we don’t understand. Doubt causes one to question. And as we search God for answers, He will always reveal Himself to us. And your faith will be strengthened because your doubt caused you to search for God.
Read John 20: 19-31.
It is unfair to call Thomas the Doubter, as though he is alone. They all doubted. When Jesus first appeared to the disciples they were locked in a room afraid of the Jewish leaders.
Like Thomas we have had moments of loss, confusion and chaos. In this time of fear and pestilence today, worst than being shut-in in our homes, some have shut down and denied the possibility and probability of any return from the dark desperate void of their own broken grief. Sometimes our hearts shut down as the locked doors of that upper room on that first Easter evening.
Jesus knows your troubled heart. He knew there was fear in the hearts of the disciples when they were locked up and shut themselves in. That is why He told them, ”Peace be with you”. Jesus spoke those words to the disciples and he spoke those words for all who fear today.
We are human, we will have doubts and fears, especially in today’s circumstances. Do not be anxious or feel guilty if you doubt. We all have times of doubt. God loved Thomas and He loves all the doubters today. We are His children and He longs to comfort us in times of distress. Do as Thomas, be waiting and expecting Him to show up and be there.
You have got to want to see Jesus or doubt will overtake you. Touch Jesus in prayer. Get to know Him. You’ve got to stick your hand in His wounds in worship. You got to get to know Him. Touch Jesus today and believe.
Thomas touched the wounds of Christ. Thomas believed. Christ said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Believe in the Resurrected Christ. If we let Him into our broken lives, we will be healed. We will be comforted. We will believe.
And then we cannot help but say as Thomas,” My Lord and MY God.”
Blessings to all,
Pastor James Boyette
Living Water Christian Church
72 N Lake Ave.
Front Royal VA. 22630 lwccsv.org