Easter Re:Verse reading–John 20:1-18 (day seven)
There is a weird tension in verses 8-9. First, we find out a disciple believes, then we find out they did not yet understand the Scriptures about the resurrection. Some debate the meaning of this claiming it’s a typo or it’s really talking about the Holy Spirit or more reasonably, both are true: they believed while not fully understanding the larger context of the resurrection in Scripture.
At this point in their faith they could not grasp the spiritual scope of what was happening in front of them. Which is perfectly ok, because they were working through their faith together. It was ok because they were searching out Jesus Christ, it was ok because the Holy Spirit would soon be coming, it was ok because we are finite beings in need of an unfolding process to understand. God knows this.
These confounded disciples are hope for us. Though we do not yet fully understand the scope of what God is doing in our lives, we can still make progress. We learn and we grow, as the spirit leads, having a greater knowledge of God today than we did yesterday. It is ok to work through your faith slowly, just make sure you are working on it. Even a snail’s pace is enough. Donald S. Whitney writes in Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, “The Bible does not set a minimum acceptable speed for the pursuit of holiness.” Even a snail’s pace is progress.
Re:Verse reading – 1 Samuel 13:1-14