Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” — John 14:5-7
How do you handle doubts? Do doubts affect your faith? Paul Tillich said, “Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” In fact, the opposite of faith is unbelief, not doubt. Someone said, “Doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith.” Thomas was casting some doubts on the direction of Jesus’s life. He asks Jesus, “we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus responds to Thomas’s doubts. He always responds to our doubts. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus responds to our doubts and brings clarity to the direction of our lives. He is the only way out of our doubts. He speaks truth into our doubts. He brings life into our doubts. Robert Murray McCheyne writes, “Some of you seek for faith much in the same way as you would dig for a well. You turn the eye inward upon yourself and search the depths of your polluted heart to find if faith is there; you search all your feelings at sermons and sacraments to see if faith is there; and still you find nothing but sin and disappointment… Look full in the face of Jesus… Drink in His Word… Faith comes by hearing the voice of Jesus.” Pray for ears to hear the voice of Jesus throughout your day. Pray for eyes to see the face of Jesus all day today. Pray for Jesus to become “the way, and the truth and the life” in your heart today. Cast out your doubts. Cultivate faith all day today.