Ever found yourself having to make a life changing decision? You know the kind I mean; decisions about college or no college, what type of career to have, to take a job or not, to move or not, to marry or not, to buy a house or not. Sometimes we find it a challenge to just choose what coffee to drink or what restaurant to go to.
Now it seems we fall into at least one of three types of people when it comes to decision making. We are either people who make decisions at snap of one’s fingers or we are people who process and process and then process again before making a decision (often out of fear of not making the right decision), and there is a third group. This third group seems too able to make snap decisions when the risk of making a bad decision is either small or non-existent. Then when big decisions come along, ones with high risks tied to them, this group gets all the important facts, seeks appropriate input from others, then makes a choice based on what is the “right” thing to do.
I believe there are some of all three groups in each of us. Sometimes maybe more of one than another, but it is part and parcel of that complex classification known as being human. We know this by experience and God fully understands this about us (as God does understand and knows everything) in that Jesus chose such a person to be a follower of His, that disciple being named Thomas.
Thomas is called Didymus in the Bible and people through the ages have used it to call Thomas the doubter, a person of two minds. I believe it is meant to teach us that like ourselves, Thomas struggled with being a person tied all his life to the wisdom of this world while trying to live brought to life by faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. Like Thomas, our minds can be trapped by earthly thinking and concepts and the renewed spiritual minds brought to life by faith – a struggle of what the eye sees and what the soul wants.
Well, think of the struggle in terms of the life of Thomas:
First struggle – Jesus going to Bethany and within striking distance of those who wished Him dead – So what was Thomas’ reaction to Jesus going to Bethany?
John 11:16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” – Not a fatalist approach but one of total commitment. When he saw what he ought to do, nothing kept him back.
Second struggle – Jesus wanted to offer comfort to His disciples,
John 14:5 Thomas said to him, “LORD, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” – When in doubt ask. He only wanted to understand.
Third struggle – Jesus comes to inflame the hearts of His disciples
John 20:28 Thomas said to him, “My LORD and my God!” – Acceptance of the evidence Jesus provides
When he saw what it was he had to believe, he only wanted to see that it was right, and then to him there was no help for it.
Jesus helped Thomas to see how His love made faith possible for Thomas and gave Thomas eternal hope.
And today for all of Christ’s love for us to place faith in Him so we may have Hope.
Respectfully submitted – Chaplain Jim