In spite of everything—He loves you!
No matter what the other disciples told him about the resurrection, Thomas wanted to see for himself—so for seven days he waited. He needed firsthand evidence. And Jesus gave it to him. ‘Put your finger here and see My hands. Put your hand into the wound in My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!’ (John 20:27 NLT) And Thomas did—‘My Lord and my God!’ (John 20:28 NLT). Only God could come back from the dead. And only a God of love would come back for a doubter.
Know what? Our doubts don’t separate us from God’s love! Listen: ‘For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above.’ (Psalm 103:11 NLT) The big news of the Bible is not that you love God—but that He loves you! He says your name is engraved on the palm of His hand. His thoughts of you outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. He sees the worst in you yet still believes the best. Your sins of yesterday and your failings in the future don’t surprise Him; He knows them all. Every day and every thing you do in your life has passed before His eyes and been calculated in His decision. He knows you better than you know yourself. And He’s reached His verdict: ‘I love you!’ No discovery will disillusion Him, no rebellion dissuade Him. He loves you with an unfailing love, and that knowledge can lift you, restore you and put you back on your feet.