Show Us God
by Rev. Dr. Tim Bias
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Show us the Father and we will be satisfied.
Philip speaks, not only for himself, not only for the twelve disciples, but for you and for me when he says, “Show us the Father, show us God, and we will be satisfied.”
All this time together with Jesus and you don’t know God? Were you there when the lame man at the pool stood and walked? Were you there when the blind man saw his family for the first time? Were you there when the centurion’s son left his sick bed? Were you there when the hungry crowd was fed? Were you there when Lazarus was restored to his grieving sisters?
Philip could answer, “Yes, I was there, and I believe in miracles, but I want something more; I want to experience God.”
So, Jesus took a towel, tied it around his waist, and in a basin of water washed their feet. But Philip says, “No, not this. Just show us God.”
So Jesus took up a cross and as he walked up to Golgotha, he turned to Philip, to the Twelve, and to all of us, and said, “Have I been with you all this time and you still don’t understand? Whoever has seen me has seen God.”
Jesus is healing, feeding, caring, serving, dying. This is who God is. Jesus has shown us God in order to show us ourselves as believers. To be a Jesus follower, you see God in the healing, feeding, caring, serving, dying, life of Jesus.
Knowing God carries the assignment to live out the character of God.
Today, as a “new normal” is settling in, where will you see God?
Look for God in the circumstances and people you talk with today. How will God be recognized in you today?
O God, thank you for opening my eyes to recognize you today. Become so real to me that the people I speak with today will see you in me. Amen
Reflect upon the scripture and your interactions of the day.
Where and in whom did you see God today? What difference did looking for God make in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? What might you do differently tomorrow? Give God thanks for the people in whom you experienced God’s love today.
Comment below or use a journal to record how God is with you each day of this journey.