Welcome to Mid-Week E-Lift —
a Message in the Midst of a Busy Week
“Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
LISTEN TO: Tenth Avenue North, “You Are More” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwtcwQwgdsA
What a joyous day was Easter. The worship and music was glorious. Children looked gorgeous, decked out in their finest, excited as they searched for Easter eggs. There were amazing treats to share. For many, it was a day spent with family and friends, more good food and company. An all-around festive day.
Imagine though, being a member of that early band of disciples. Traumatized by Jesus’ brutal death, then coming to grips with the empty tomb. Can you imagine the confusion, the hope, the fear, the struggle to comprehend what they were experiencing, as Jesus stood before them, blessing them with peace? So much to take in, assimilate, reassess. No wonder Thomas, (forever called “Doubting Thomas,”) put on the breaks and said, wait a minute. This is too much. I need to see this for myself!”
Doubt can be a good thing. We can’t take everything for face value. Deal’s that are often too good to be true — well, most of the time that’s exactly right — too good to be true. There are often stories on the internet that I later learned are “urban legends” — and I sure wish I had investigated first! But Thomas’ doubt was also a condition of his heart. He was hurting and in pain. this wound caused a wall to go up. This wasn’t just an ordinary doubt. Thomas didn’t want to be hurt again.
Thomas’ dilemma is familiar to us. What’s the saying — “once burned, twice shy?” In our walk of faith, we will be hurt, experience pain and loss. Faith says love, believe, even in the loss. Doubt closes us down. Faith calls us to rise from our failures. Doubt keeps us stumbling. Faith calls us keep our hearts open to people, allowing God to love them through us. Doubt double guesses- wavers – and blocks God’s love from touching others.
Faith acknowledges doubt, but keeps the focus on God — Faith sees what we done, but then turns to see what God has done. There, faith is called to stay focused. We are more than our doubts, fears, and past actions. God doesn’t doubt us. Instead, “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1. Cor 1:9″ Even if we doubt, let us turn to God’s faithfulness which will carry us through the challenges and trials we face.
PRAY: “God of Easter Power, we doubt — your goodness, that you’ll see me through life, that you love me and have forgiven me. In the grips of doubt, give me grace to remember your faithfulness. ”
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK!