Daily Devotional

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Demanding Proof

But [Thomas] said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’     John 20:25b&c

We understand Thomas’s doubt. He needed proof like we need proof. For us, “seeing is believing,” and that was all Thomas was asking for—a little evidence. Resurrection is a wildly outlandish claim, and it strains even the most robust imaginations. This incident, however, branded Thomas forever as the doubter, an unflattering title we all could be shouldered with. Doubter can sound a little harsh, so we refer to ourselves instead as critical or practical or rational thinkers. But Jesus wants us to be called believers, so he returns. Jesus didn’t desert Thomas because of his lack of faith, and he won’t desert us in the midst of our skepticism either. And Jesus doesn’t rest until we come to believe and exclaim as Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!”

What kind of proof do you need to believe?

Lord, if I demand proof, then what I am really looking for is knowledge, not belief. You desire us to have faith in you. You want us to trust, even when every fiber of our being is prepared to doubt. My Lord and my God, return to me, until I fully believe in you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN. 

 

Changing World

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea. Psalm 46:2

 Change concerns us. Global, environmental, or personal change is often an unwelcome visitor in our lives. The world becomes unsettled when the political landscape of a country destabilizes, even if the former regime was oppressive or abusive. As the earth warms and the seas rise, we try to stave off floods by creating more effective barriers against the rising tides. When there is a management change in our company, when there is a divorce or death in our family, or when the rhythm of our day or the pattern of our life is interrupted, we feel deeply unsettled and resistant to the adjustment.

The Bible tells us that all things change. The earth changes. Nations change. Families change. Change is part of God’s plan. We should not fear it, nor should we try to fight against it. Change allows for opportunity and growth, both of which God can use to mold us into the very best people we can be. God is our refuge, and change is God’s method of renewal.  

What change in your life or in the world has you concerned?

Lord, help me to embrace the changes that unfold before me today. Instead of being resistant to change, help me to embrace it as an opportunity for you to reshape and renew my life in important ways. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.