“Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:27 NKJV).
On the evening of Christ’s glorious and triumphant resurrection from the dead, while His disciples were assembled behind closed doors for the fear of the Jews, the Lord Jesus miraculously came and stood in their midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19 NKJV).
When the Lord Jesus had showed them His hands and His side, then the disciples were glad having become convinced that their Lord had resurrected from the dead (John 20:20). However, one of the twelve disciples, Thomas called Didymus, was not with the rest when the risen Lord Jesus revealed Himself to them where they were assembled.
Although all the disciples who saw the Lord tried their best to convince Thomas that the Lord had truly resurrected, yet he chose not to believe their report.
Thomas took a firm stand in unbelief, saying, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25 NKJV).
For Thomas, seeing the risen Lord Jesus physically is not even enough evidence for him to believe that the Lord had risen. Thomas said he needs to prove that it was the Lord by putting his finger into the print of the nails in the Lord’s hand. Even that is not enough.
Thomas also said he has to put his hand into Jesus’ side that was pierced with spear before he would believe that the Lord had truly risen. What a terrible unbelief!
Like Thomas, there are many unbelieving people in the world today who would like to test or prove God’s Word before they would either believe or obey God’s Word.
Sadly, there are also many believers today in the church who are waiting for some supernatural or spectacular signs, visions, or manifestations before they would believe and obey what is plainly written in the Bible.
Seeking to prove God’s written Word (the Bible) before believing, trusting and obeying it is nothing but a sheer unbelief. It is simply acting like the doubtful or unbelieving Thomas. Your business is not to prove God’s Word, but to believe, trust and obey God’s Word.
God’s Word does not need to be proven by anyone, for it is already proven!
The Scripture states: “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” (Psa. 18:30 NKJV).
“The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.” (Psa. 12:6 NKJV).
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (Prov. 30:5 NKJV).
Eight days later after the risen Lord Jesus first revealed Himself to His disciples in their hiding place, He appeared again to them and said to the doubtful Thomas, who wanted to personally prove that the Lord had truly risen with his finger and hand, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:27 NKJV).
Seeing the foolishness of his unbelief, Thomas needed not to prove anything; he just believed and cried out, “My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28 NKJV).
However, the Lord Jesus responded: “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 NKJV).
It is far more blessed to simply believe, trust and obey God’s Word than seeking or waiting for some supernatural signs before trusting, believing and obeying God’s Word.
God’s Word is His bond. God will never break His Word. God exalts His Word above anything else. The Scripture states: “For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” (Psa. 138:2b NKJV).
God’s Word is the strongest and surest foundation upon which you can build your faith and hope. When you build your faith and hope on God’s Word; your faith will not fail and your hope will not be dashed.
While God may sometimes choose to give you some tangible, supernatural or spectacular signs or evidences to confirm His Word, however, it is unscriptural to seek for or wait for such supernatural signs before believing, trusting, or obeying God’s Word.
Jesus clearly pointed out to Thomas that those who simply believe in Him, not waiting until they see, have or experience any supernatural or spectacular manifestations or signs are the blessed ones (John 20:29).
Beloved, like Thomas, are you always asking, seeking and waiting for God to prove or confirm His written Word by some supernatural or spectacular signs before you would believe, trust or act upon God’s Word?
You are simply operating in a terrible unbelief!
God wants you to simply believe, trust and obey His written Word, not seeking or waiting for any supernatural signs in the heavens or on the earth before you will believe His promises or obey His express commands in the Bible.
According to the Lord Jesus, you are truly blessed when you simply believe in Him and obey His words or teachings without having seen any supernatural visions or dreams. Thomas missed a unique blessing because he wanted to prove with his natural senses – see and touch – before he would believe.
Friend, if you also don’t want to miss what God has prepared for you in Christ you need to prepare your heart to simply believe God’s promises in the Bible, and to simply obey the teachings of Christ without seeking for or waiting for any supernatural signs.
As the risen Lord Jesus said to Thomas, He is saying to you today, “Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:27 NKJV).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I choose to simply believe, trust and obey Your written Word (the Bible). So help me, Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name. Amen.