APRIL 13: DOUBTER SPOUTER

DOUBTER SPOUTER

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Thomas sometimes seems like the "Doubter Spouter" to me.
He reveals his ignorance openly and suggests his wonderings vocally.
He doesn't feign an understanding he doesn't possess.
He doesn't utter words like all the rest.
But still he works to believe and want the best.
And that's the beauty of Thomas.
He doubts, spouts, sometimes pouts and runs away when he just doesn't get it.
Personally, I think Thomas is one of those individuals that everyone likes because he's the guy asking the questions that no one else dares ask but everyone is thinking.
Hmmm ...
"Thomas saith unto Him, 'Lord, we know not whither Thou goest; and how can we know the way?'
Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me. If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also, and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him."
John 14:5-7
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Notice how Thomas uses the word "we."
Thomas knows he's not alone in his wonderings.
He's seen the baffled, befuddled looks of the other disciples, and scratched his head along with all the rest at the sayings, words, parables, and truths pronounced by Jesus.
The reality, my friend, is that the majority of what Jesus speaks on earth isn't understood by the disciples until He's situated and positioned in the heavenlies; for until Christ ascends and the Spirit descends, man simply cannot experience or understand the truth of spiritual realities.
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Keep moving with Jesus ...
Adventure with Him never gets boring.
You don't have to get it all, know it all, or even pretend you do.
Questions, answers, and head-scratchings never cease.
Activity with God forever unleashes new wonderings, wanderings, and the like.
A journey with Jesus never stays the same; He's always taking us to new places whereby we experience new promises and new provisions.
He remains the "Go to" God when everything and everyone around us is changing.
And Jesus still answers our questions with one resounding never changing Easter answer:
"I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me."
John 14:6
Do you believe?
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THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS
1) Contemplate the questions and thoughts of the disciples as you read through the Easter story with consideration to their humanness and ordinariness.
Even with Christ in their midst, they didn't "get it."
Jesus didn't remove them from His presence, He drew them further in, in response.
This is what we love about Jesus.
Ask Him your questions.
2) Does uttering your doubts help or hinder your walk with Christ?
Reflect on the lives of the disciples and other Bible characters before answering.
What do their lives suggest?
3) Thank God for promises and provisions that are on the way coming but not quite yet delivered.
Easter tends to erupt with new life, new hope, and new surprises;
pray for a discovery of "one" this Easter season.
Love the life you live;
an Easter adventure.
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