Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know me, Phillip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father?'”

John 14: 9

There are a number of concepts that I have encountered in the course of living that are vague or mysterious, and there are some things that come my way that are just simply hard for me to understand. For me these include a number of math principles, plumbing connections, and most of my attempts to learn languages other than English. Yet, I am afraid that there are too many times when I operate a lot like Phillip and want some sort of proof and clarification of who God is and what He desires from me before I will trust that knowledge to the level that I just live like my Lord is real and that all He says in His word applies directly and specifically to me.

Our relationship with Christ is a faith journey, for we are asked by God to trust that everything that He tells us is true and that He is the agent for making it all happen. People are more comfortable with things that we control and in situations where we are the agents of our own destinies; since our self directed and determined nature is a result of the disease that is caused by sin, God calls us to accept this most basic of changes in our natures when He brings us into a relationship with Him. As we grow in our ability to let go of the old self anchors that we hold onto for comfort and for security and gain in our ability to trust the truths about ourselves that God reveals through His Spirit, we gain greatly in our understanding of God.

This is the perfect time to let go of one of those old ways of thinking and to release my grip on an aspect of my life so that Christ can grasp hold of my hands and show me His far superior way to go about the business of this day. This process of trusting the Lord with all of my life is an ongoing one that requires me to continually seek God’s will, and it requires me to purposefully set aside my apprehensions, pre conceptions, and the safety net of self and accept the far greater life that I always find in Christ.