Read: John 20:24-31
Can a believer in Jesus with occasional doubts with regard to faith ever be effective in serving the Lord? Some people think that mature Christians never question their beliefs. But just as we have experiences that build our faith, we can also have experiences that cause us to temporarily doubt.
Thomas, the disciple of Jesus, had initial doubts about the resurrected Jesus. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, … I will not believe” (John 20:25). Jesus did not rebuke Thomas but showed him the evidence he asked for. Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). After this incident, we do not read anything about Thomas in the New Testament.
Early church traditions claim that Thomas went to India as a missionary. It is said that while he was in India, he preached the gospel, worked miracles, and planted churches. Some of the churches in India having active congregations trace their founding back to Thomas.
A temporary time of doubt does not have to become a life pattern. Allow God to lead you into a deeper understanding of Him and the way He works. Renew your faith in Him. God will help you to accomplish great things for Him. Someone once said, “Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.”