Written by Jacob Mason
These last few days we’ve looked at what it’s been like to be stranded without God, with or without tools and how we can strand ourselves even with all the tools. Today we are going to look at it from the perspective of someone who missed the chance to see Jesus. Like a kid on your team who never heard the good news before and wanting to understand but just can’t take that step of faith and they can be stranded in uncertainty. Before we get into the devotional today think about 2 questions.
- What are some places or things in your life that you won’t give fully to God?
- How does it feel to be an outsider in a room?
Just to refresh the story in your mind Thomas and the other disciples were in hiding, they had just watched their friend die, and were afraid they would be next. They were all unsure of what was next for any of them, then Jesus appeared to them…
24 Now Thomas one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” 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.”
Thomas was stranded and left out of the party, he didn’t see Jesus live but saw him die, and couldn’t believe that he had risen. These kids you will encounter may have never heard this story before, they’re late to the party and don’t know what to expect next. Some of these kids are in dark places that can’t see any light much like Thomas, and they need someone to show them the light.
That darkness Thomas felt is still here today, for many of us on this trip, we still have our struggles and let the devil’s lies win from time to time. Some of these kids are going to be stranded by fear of the unknown much the same as Thomas this walk is not well defined and written out step by step it can be scary. For Thomas, it came in the form of Jesus showing up and letting him see the holes in his hand, for these kids you will be that light that guides them to Jesus and the love he has for them. Thomas needed to see Jesus believe, these kids have to see Jesus in how we act, talk, walk, everything we do is under a microscope. We have to be the hands and feet of Jesus to these kids.
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
This brings us to the thought of how to get away from this feeling of stranded, the word faith. Faith will help and heal in ways that nothing else can. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “We walk by faith, not by sight.” I call that my life verse, but I still struggle to make it true in my life, when life gets hard when times get rough, when God isn’t in my sight it’s hard to know what truth is. These kids are going to question you, like Thomas they may know the truth, but it is hard to always be walking in faith. Some of these kids have never heard this story or of Jesus but this is the time to show them how faith can lead them to the best thing we’ve ever know. Walk in faith today, trust in the Lord even when the path is uncertain. Remember “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.”