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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 16, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Have you ever wished you could actually see Jesus, touch him, and hear his words? Are there times you want to sit down with him and get his advice? Thomas wanted Jesus’ physical presence. But God’s plan is wiser. He has not limited himself to one physical body; He want to be present with you at all times. Even now he is with you in the form of the Holy Spirit. You can talk to him, and you can find his words to you in the pages of the Bible. He can be as real to you as he was to Thomas. (NLT)
John 20:19-29 – That evening, on the first day of the week, the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his side. They were filled with joy when they saw their Lord! He spoke to them again and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Then he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you refuse to forgive them, they are unforgiven.”
One of the disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. He said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” –John 20:19 (NRSV)
Adam Benson (North Carolina) titled his story “PEACE IN A PLACE OF DOUBT;” here is a portion of Adam’s story:
“At the end of the eight-mile hike to the top of Half-Dome in Yosemite National Park, we came face-to-face with the metal cables that would guide us to the top. . . . I refused to climb them, feeling it was dangerous and that I might fall 2000 feet to my death. . . . Then, someone came behind me and said, ‘I’ll go with you.’ Our group leader had pulled back from the group to make sure that I would not be left behind or fall off the cables. . . .
“In today’s reading – the account of Jesus’ appearing to his disciples after the Crucifixion – Thomas stubbornly refused to believe his friends’ testimony that they had seen Jesus. In doing so, Thomas separated himself from the rest of the group. Then, without warning, Jesus showed up.
“In times of doubt, it can feel as if God is absent. But, like our group leader who helped me get up the cables, God comes to us even at the height of doubt. When we are ready to turn back, God whispers, ‘I’ll go with you.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even in my times of deepest doubt, God is present.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your persistent love that brings you alongside us even in our difficult and painful moments of doubt. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/