Stop and think about this. In a church meeting, we all come, supposedly to believe the Lord. We come to hear from God. We put our best spiritual foot forward when we’re at church. We believe — or we pretend that we believe. But out in the world when the devil attacks us, we respond differently. If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we’ve done the same thing Thomas did many times.
Thomas, in effect, was saying, “Lord, what you said isn’t true. It’s a lie. We do not know where you’re going, so how can we know the way?” We think, “That’s terrible. How dare Thomas contradict the Lord Jesus and say He was wrong!” But how many times have you said something like, “Well, I know God’s Word says that by His stripes I am healed, but I’m still sick.” That’s different, right? Wrong! The only difference is that you said it instead of Thomas, and we’re more lenient on ourselves than others in circumstances like this.
It’s the exact same thing Thomas did. The Lord has said certain things in His Word. For example, He said that Jesus became poor so that we through His poverty might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9), that He blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3), that nothing shall by any means harm us (Luke 10:19). These things have already been done. They’re in the Word.
God said it, but what do we say? We say, “Lord, that’s not right. Anybody can look at my bank account and tell I’m not rich. Anybody can see from these symptoms that I’m sick. Anybody can look at my circumstances and tell that I’m not blessed.” That’s calling God a liar…nothing less.
Everything the Lord ever said is 100 percent true. But because Thomas couldn’t perceive it in the physical realm, he rejected it and said, “Lord, what you’re saying isn’t true.” We do the same thing.