John 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 20:1-21:1; Psalm 78:56-72
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of the disciples? Imagine, sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His teaching in person; looking into His eyes and experiencing the love of God up close and personally. Nothing could go wrong – except that the disciples were just as human as we were. As Jesus tried to prepare the disciples for His upcoming crucifixion and resurrection, Thomas and Philip peppered Him with questions. “How do we know where You’re going? “Show us the Father.”
I searched and could find no record of Jesus actually calling any of His disciples “dunderheads.” I think, though, that Jesus was as close to exasperated as He ever was when He responded to Philip: “Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.’” (John 14:9-10)
How easy is it to miss the big picture Jesus is teaching us and find ways to get wrapped up in details that have already been covered? How easy is it to get direction from Jesus and then worry about all the little things that are really under His control? “What about transportation, Jesus?” “I’m worried about the finances, Jesus.” “Is this what you really want, Jesus?”
I often wish that I could experience Jesus just like the disciples could. Then I realize that in some ways, I really do resemble the disciples. Maybe it’s not always such a good thing after all.
Lord God, how often do I greet Your leadership with questions instead of faith? How often do I worry so much about details that I avoid beginning the work You’ve called me to? Let me focus on the work You’ve entrusted to me and let You take care of everything else.