Thomas struggled with doubt, but he did not struggle with unbelief. He knew that Jesus could raise from the dead, but what would that look like, and is it true. The defining moment in Thomas’ life is found in John 20 where we see 5 things that helped him deal with his doubt. Let me take a few moments and explore them.1. Doubt develops in isolation: John 20:24 gives us the key to the passage when it says “Thomas .. was not with them when Jesus came.” Doubt flourishes in the dark. Thomas had drawn apart from the others and missed not only the consolation but also the miracle. Darkness feeds doubt; daylight has a way of dispelling the worst of it. Sometimes our questions have less to do with theological enigmas than with a simple case of the blues. If we stay connected to people, we are more likely to stay connected to our faith. 2. Doubt demands evidence (John 20:25): True doubt never turns away from the facts, wherever they may lead. Thomas says in this passage, “forgive me for not taking your word for it. I will make my own evaluation, if it’s all the same to you.” The question with doubt is where are you going to get that information? 3. Doubt draws us back to Christ (John 20:26): It is significant that Thomas, despite his reservation, has lingered among the other 10 disciples. The difference between doubt and unbelief is that doubt says, “I’ll stay and investigate” unbelief stalks away and says, I refuse to believe no matter what I hear.” Thomas was not sure whether Jesus rose or not, but he was confident that he needed to stay close to the truth to figure it out. Christianity ultimately comes down to something more than theological questions. In the end it is all about a person, not a proposition! 4. Doubt deepens our faith (John 20:27): Assurance is the reward of the insistent seeker, we must just be honest about our doubts. Doubts are useless in and of themselves, but are useful when they lead us somewhere. Don’t block out your doubts, but examine them well; turn them around in your mind; discuss them with wise and patient friends.5. Doubt defines our faith (John 20:28) When you get a question mark all straightened out, you end up with an exclamation point – Honest questions lead to powerful declarations! Thomas the skeptic replaces his questions with an exclamation: “My Lord and my God!” We need to confront our doubts head-on, as Thomas did. But you will want to handle them carefully,