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Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
After numerous eye-witness reports of the resurrection from both women and men, the disciples of Jesus still doubted. They still questioned in their hearts. Even when He Himself came and stood among them. they were "frightened and thought they saw a spirit."
Why are we so quick to doubt and so slow to believe?
Jesus gave His disciples a gentle rebuke, in the form of a question: "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?" And then, in gentle compassion, He offered them further proof that He was not a ghost or a spirit: "Touch me, and see. . . Have you anything here to eat?"
"a bruised reed he will not break,
When we doubt, we need to turn two places with our questions: To the Lord in prayer and to His word in study. He is gentle and compassionate. He is wise and patient. He will comfort our hearts, if we earnestly seek Him. He will enlighten our minds by His Holy Spirit to solidify our understanding of the truth.
Peter, who was one of those doubting and questioning disciples on that first Easter, later wrote this to help reassure us: