Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Matthew 5:6 NIV)
My youngest is going through the “I have a question” phase and I must say, I love it. Well love it is a bit much, but I don’t mind it. Why, because she’s just like me. She’s thirsty for the truth and that’s a good thing. It’s like looking in the mirror because I’m usually the one with all the questions. Thank God I’ve had Pastor’s that have never shunned me for my questions but have always encouraged them, and rightfully so. Jesus didn’t rebuke anyone for asking him a question or for having doubts, and I never truly understood the reason why before I heard this recent sermon.
Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had doubts of about Jesus’ resurrection and expressed them openly to the other disciples. (John 20:25) What was Jesus’ response? Not what I was expecting by any means. Jesus didn’t get mad or scream, “How dare you!” He appeared to him, he showed him exactly what he was wondering about and loved him. I don’t know about you but I used to be scared to ask questions about things I didn’t understand in the Bible. I thought for sure the sky would open up and I would look up at a blinding light to hear a loud deep voice say, ” How dare you question thee!” I’m instantly swallowed up by the earth, never to be heard of again. But that’s not characteristics of a loving God, so I don’t even know where I came up with such nonsense. Jesus came to Thomas, calm and loving, and was right there to meet him at the exact point of his doubt. Thomas clearly said, “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.” And what did Jesus do, show up at the scene, and told Thomas to do just that. (John 20:27)
I can’t count how many times I’ve had a question about something in the Word I didn’t understand and I asked God, waited in faith for the answer, and BOOM He delivered. Sometimes we can get discouraged when we don’t get the answer right away but that’s when our faith needs to kick in and we need to say”God is good and He won’t leave me dangling in doubt” and He won’t.
Thomas waited a week before Jesus showed up to remove his doubt. We also can’t neglect the fact that Thomas was positioned to get an answer. He was in the house still doing the work of the Lord. Had he gave up on day 6, threw up his hands frustrated with God, this scripture would have turned out totally different. God says, “Blessed are those who are hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they WILL be filled.” That’s a promise not a suggestion. So we can take that check to the bank. It’s not going to bounce.
So like I told my child, if you have questions, ASK! If you are struggling with understanding something, ASK! Go before God with a humble heart and attitude and trust that He will answer you. He’s great like that!