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August 30, 2017, 1:03 PM

PRAYING THROUGH OUR DOUBTS


In John 20:28, The Apostle Thomas made this declaration to Jesus, He said, "My Lord, and my God!"                                                                                                One of the things that amazes me most about God, is the way He is able to work with our doubts and turn them into something else. In fact, in Isaiah 42:16, God has made this promise, He said, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them: I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."                                                           God has beautiful ways of showing us His Faithfulness when we least expect it. Maybe thats why the Bible reminds us in 2Tim. 2:13, "If we are faithless, He will remain faithful." We all have our rough edges that require smoothing. The apostle Thomas was famous for this...I mean when you think of Thomas, one word comes to mind: "DOUBT." Thomas is best remembered for his worst doubt. "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 it." (John 20:25)  .But there is so much more to Thomas than doubt alone.      Thomas loved Jesus deeply. In fact, earlier, when the diciples tried to talk Jesus out of going back to Judea, where He would face sure danger, Thomas is the one who said, "Lets's go too, and die with Jesus." (John 11:16).   The Bible is full of prayers of people like Thomas.....people who love God and are committed to Him, but they struggle in the moment.  Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?...O Lord, please send someone else to do it." (Ex. 3:11, 4:13). Job lamented, "I cry to you, O God, but you don't answeer. I stand before you, but you don't even look." (Job 30:20). If prayers like these are anything, they are HONEST!  God wants us to be real with Him. He deeply desires "Truth in the inner parts...." (Ps. 51:6).  And when we give ourselves to God, questions and all, He is able to take our struggles and forge them into Faith! God can do that! Thats what happened with Thomas. When Thomas called out to Jesus, "My Lord, and my God." he was the first disiciple to grasp that Jesus was God in the Flesh, and was standing right in front of him.  You see, God used Thomas' struggles to get him to that place. Thomas takes a huge leap of faith over the heads of the other disciples and lands on his knees in a striking confession of faith. The point is: When we pray our questions,  and we are honest with God about them, then God is able to do more than we could ask or think. God is so strong and loving, that He can even take "SOMETHING" that is holding us back....and turn it into a subject of praise later on. Thomas is proof of it - proof that God is able to shape every facit of our darkest doubts....until they shine with everlasting light. For that to happen, we need to be honest with God in prayer, and give Him all of our doubts. Maranatha, Pastor Doug.


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