Have you ever been so angry that you didn’t want to be around anyone…even your loved ones? I’ve been there. But, here’s what I know; when we let our negative emotions get the best of us, it will always lead to a more difficult situation! Thomas, one of Jesus’ closest friends and apostle, found out the hard way.
After the betrayal of Jesus, Thomas fled, just like all of the other apostles. But, he took the longest to recover from the crucifixion and missed out on initially seeing the resurrected Jesus. A week later when Thomas reconnected with the apostles, he was still struggling with his anger and doubt. He wasn’t shy about expressing his emotions either, as he demanded to touch Jesus’ scars with his own hands in order for him to believe.
Now, even though the apostles were annoyed, they were reminded that they had all dealt with anger, confusion, and hurt. But, because Thomas allowed his anger to cloud his judgment, he was not prepared for the very thing he was asking for. How often does that happen to us? We demand that God show up, but when He does, we’re not ready.
Jesus appeared to the apostles again and in that moment, He met Thomas right where he was––in his feelings. Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (John 20:27, NKJV)
Jesus was forgiving, but direct with Thomas, as He is with us. Thomas’ anger caused him to miss a whole week with Jesus, but some of us have lost years because we’ve allowed our negative emotions to take over. When our expectations override the reality of God’s truth, we will have trouble moving forward in our lives. So, we must take control of our emotions and trust God’s plan.
My friend, it’s time to let go of the anger and doubt, and reconnect with God and His people. Once you do, you will be free to receive all God has for you!
Dr. Derek Grier
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