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God Desires a Relationship

by on January 14, 2021

Key Scriptures: John 20:26-27 "And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 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."

Matthew 18:12-14 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish."

The Bible doesn’t have much to say about the Apostle Thomas, but what it does say is quite amazing. He is called “the twin,” which may simply mean that he had a twin sibling. Many think it may be a reference to the duality of his nature: sometimes very strong in his faith, other times very skeptical. It’s no wonder the term “doubting Thomas” was derived from his character. One of the best examples of this in Scripture is in John 20. The risen Lord had already appeared to the other apostles, but Thomas was not with them and had yet to see Him. When the others told them they had seen Jesus, Thomas said he would have to see Jesus for himself and even touch the wounds from the nails and spear to believe. Knowing Thomas very well, Jesus did exactly that in John 20:26-27. In response, Thomas gives one of the clearest testimonies of belief recorded in Scripture: “My Lord and my God!”

Jesus showed His love and care for Thomas on an extremely personal level. While Jesus is the Savior of the world, He is also the Savior of the individual. God desires an intimate relationship with each and every person and has made that possible through His Son. Even if we, like Thomas, have doubts, we can all take faith in the unchangeable character of God.

Questions to Consider: Do I have doubts about God? What can I do to grow closer in my relationship with God? How can I help others who have doubt?

Prayer Prompts:

  • Give thanks to God for His immutable character (James 1:17).
  • Pray for those in your life who are lost.
  • Pray to grow closer in your relationship with God.

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