If a name is the most important word to a person, then a nickname runs a close second. See how many of these nicknames you can recognize:

  1. “Tippecanoe”
  2. “Dubya”
  3. “Air Jordan”
  4. “The Fridge”
  5. “Sweetness”
  6. “Old Sink or Swim”
  7. “Old Man Eloquent”
  8. “The Tennessee Tailor”
  9. “The Dude President”
  10. “His Obstinacy”
  11. “The Human Iceberg”
  12. “Ike”
  13. “Mr. Nice Guy”
  14. “Barry”
  15. “The Gipper”

Here’s another nickname: “Doubting Thomas.” How would you like to be known years after your death as a doubter? The disciple, Thomas, worked hard to earn this reputation. No matter what Jesus said, he wouldn’t believe.

After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. But guess who wasn’t there? Thomas. Even though the others told Thomas they had seen Jesus, He couldn’t believe it. In fact, he went so far as to say, “I won’t believe it until I see the nail prints in His hands and touch His scars.”

Thomas had his chance eight days later. Jesus appeared before all the disciples again and spoke directly to Thomas. He even encouraged His faithless disciple to touch His scars. But Thomas didn’t need anymore proof. He immediately recognized His Savior. When he saw Christ face-to-face, his doubts vanished. This event had a profound effect on Thomas for the rest of his life.

We all have doubts at one time or another: Will God really provide a mate for me? Will I be able to keep my job? Will we be able to meet our mortgage payments? Will God keep us safe as we travel on vacation? Learn to doubt your doubts and trust your God. Get face-to-face with Jesus by studying His Word and clinging to His promises. Make a list of your concerns and commit them to Him in prayer. Like Thomas, you’ll find that you had nothing to worry about.


*Answers: 1. William Henry Harrison; 2. George W. Bush; 3. Michael Jordan; 4. William Perry; 5. Walter Payton; 6. John Adams; 7. John Quincy Adams; 8. Andrew Johnson; 9. Chester A. Arthur; 10. Grover Cleveland; 11. Benjamin Harrison; 12. Dwight. D. Eisenhower; 13. Gerald R. Ford; 14. Barack Obama; 15. Ronald Reagan

Every step toward Christ kills a doubt. Every thought, word, and deed for Him carries you away from discouragement. — Theodore L. Cuyler

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder