In John 14:8-11, we read the following: “Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.'”
Philip had seen Jesus do some amazing miracles by this time. He had heard Jesus speak with authority and knowledge, and he had spent many an hour right beside our Saviour as He went about His ministry here on the earth, and yet he still had doubts. It is easy for us as humans to allow our flesh to obscure the truth at times. We find it easy to ignore what is obvious and look at small details which we don’t and can’t understand.
I know in my own life, I’ve seen God do some wonderful and amazing things. I’ve seen Him provide all of my needs. I’ve seen Him open doors I could never have opened. And I’ve witnessed His provision and protection more times than I can recount. And yet, there are times when I forget all that and allow discouragement and doubt to flood over me. It’s times like this when I often read a verse or passage in the Bible that reminds me – “Are you trusting God or yourself?”
We serve a great and amazing God, in Who’s hand is control of everything – we need to not be so forgetful of that truth! When doubts and fears creep in – remember just Who God is and what He has done for us in the past! Have we not been so long with Jesus, and has His Word not always proven to be true?