“He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at My hands and My feet. It is I myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have'” (Luke 23:38-39).
Jesus said to the disciples “why are you troubled and why do doubts rise in your minds?”
The disciples had been living and traveling with Him for some time, they knew Him and had heard Him tell them what was going to happen and how He would be raised on the third day. Shouldn’t that have meant they could trust Him?
If we’d been through what the disciples had been through in the last few days, maybe we’d have been troubled just as they were.
It certainly wasn’t comfortable being associated with Jesus just then. Like them, we will still have times when we are troubled and doubt. I may not doubt God is who He says He is, or regret having Him in my life, but I certainly have times where I’m stressing over things I should be trusting to God, or leaving in His hands.
Why do doubts arise? Why are our minds sometimes so full of the problems we see around us? Life with chronic illness is certainly a challenge, but when we know God is faithful–know He cares for us, He loves us, hears our cries–shouldn’t that bring confidence, not doubt?
The Bible tells us that troubles will come–but can trust overpower our doubts? Yes, it can.
Jesus wanted to prove He wasn’t a ghost, so He suggested the disciples “touch and see.” Isn’t that what we need to do when we have cause to doubt–reach out to Jesus and get in touch with Him?
In Joshua, we read the following: “But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now” (Joshua 23:8).
Let’s hold fast to what we believe and continue keeping in touch with God.
Praywr: Father God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for us. Thanks that You are not a ghostly presence seeking to scare and haunt us, that we can’t reach out to and draw comfort from. When troubles and doubts shake us, help us to draw close and hold fast to You. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.
Do you feel like God is enough? Can you trust Him to overcome the doubts you feel? In what ways do you draw near, hold fast, and keep in touch with Him?
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