We know the things Jesus said about doubting. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31NIV) And in Mark 11:23(NIV) Jesus said: “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” This suggests that doubt gets in the way of our breakthrough. That is why we try to avoid the subject as much as possible.
But in order to overcome doubts, it is good to know what doubts are for. It is in fact, a mechanism that you use to protect yourself from failure. For example when you are in a tense situation and you doubt whether or not you are making the right choice.
Thomas was well-known for his doubts. But when you read John 11:16(NIV) you can see that he loved Jesus deeply. He was even willing to give up his life, just like Jesus. It was not so much that he doubted the things that Jesus had said. His doubt mechanism kicked into gear when he heard that Jesus had come back to life. He did not want to be disappointed again. That is why he said: “I cannot believe it, unless I place my hands in the wounds of Jesus”.
Doubt does not always have to have a negative source. It can come from a deep love or desire to do something good. If you see doubt in that light, then you will treat it differently. It is not just negative; doubt also tries to protect you. I hope that these words are an encouragement for those who have doubts.
“But he said to them, “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.”