Stronger Than Fear

One of the disciples, Thomas, "The Twin," was not there at the time with the others. When they kept telling him, "We have seen the Lord," he replied, :I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands - and put my fingers into them - and place my hand into his side."

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them and greeting them.

Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger into my hands. Put your hand into my side. Don't be faithless any longer. Believe!"

"My Lord and my God!" Thomas said.

Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. But blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway." John 20: 24-29 (TLB)

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. Hebrews 1: 1 (TLB)

Vidal Cruz Rosado lives in Puerto Rico. One day at church, Vidal came across this saying: "Faith is stronger than fear." This reminded Vidal of a difficult situation when his family and Vidal found this to be true.

Their daughter Rebeca called them one day to tell them that her four-year-old son, Esteban, had been hospitalized because his liver enzymes were dangerously elevated. He became a candidate for a liver transplant. Of course they felt great fear, but at the same time, with their united strength, they were able to say that with God nothing is impossible. Their whole family was grounded in the certainty and conviction that God would work a miracle in their grandson.

They placed their complete faith in God to face their great fear, and God sustained them. They rejoiced and gave thanks to God when Esteban made a full recovery.

What is your great fear? Give it up to God and allow Him to work a miracle in your life.

Prayer: Merciful God, continue to sustain us by your grace, even in the midst of fears, in Jesus' name, amen.

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