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Trusting Jesus

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“Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. Then he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’ ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there’ ” (John 11:6-8 NIV).

Only one of the disciples had the right attitude about Jesus daring to return to Jerusalem under such dangerous circumstances. This is what that disciple said, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” Most of us would say that such an impetuous and courageous statement would have certainly come from Peter. Right? It sounds like Peter, but you may be surprised to find that this brave statement came from Thomas, the disciple who is known as ‘doubting’ Thomas.

Thomas trusted Jesus completely. If Jesus invited him to go into danger, then he was eager to go. Thomas inspired the rest of the disciples to go to Judea where they witnessed Lazarus raised from the dead. He encouraged the other disciples and motivated them to do what was right. But where did Thomas get the strength of heart to suggest such a risky affair?

Here’s my theory. Thomas started out as a man like any of the other disciples. He was not part of the inner circle (James, John, Peter and Jesus) but he did spend nearly three years with the disciples as they traveled from venue to venue, wherever Jesus decided to go and speak to the crowds. The twelve disciples had become a family with Jesus at the head. I believe that Thomas had spent so much time with Peter that some of Peter’s spontaneous strength rubbed off on him.

Thomas knew the Old Testament lessons of Joshua, Caleb and the ten other spies sent into the Promised Land. If God is with you, there is no reason to fear giants. David versus Goliath is a similar example.

After Jesus died on the cross, Peter went back to fishing. All the disciples went back to their old ways. The first time Jesus appeared to the disciples, Thomas was absent. This is why Thomas could not believe that Jesus was risen and demanded proof, from Jesus ― the only One he trusted completely.

How about you? Think about the discouraged people around you. Are they facing giants? Are you encouraging and motivating them in a winsome way so that they end up doing what is right? Do you exude a complete trust in Jesus? Is your trusting attitude rubbing off on others?

Father, thank You for the Bible which records the activities of You and Your people. Help me be a strong influence on the people around me. Give me wisdom and boldness to glorify You, even in the face of danger and condemnation. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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