Prove You're Faithful
Do you need a visual presentation of God in your life in order to believe? Sometimes it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. You have one set plan that you believe is the ideal, you just succeed to that one goal and life will be perfect. We often reference our faith to our place in life. If we succeed at a job opportunity, God is good; if we lose at an opportunity, we say God wasn't there. We reference belief in God to how things work out in daily life, taking on the more deist approach of believing that God just puts us into motion and is watching from the sidelines. However, even if we can't physically see God's presence, He is guiding us in everything we do, every small or big step we take and if something doesn't happen to go right, we need to remember that it's God's will, a plan beyond our own. So the question is, for a God this good, do we really need a visual representation of God in order to have faith?
Today's Gospel states:'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who 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 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 in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it' (John 14:6-14).
Today's Gospel talks about how we can only know the Father through the Son. The people don't understand this, they ask for a visual of the Father, they want more, they want proof. Do we need to be able to prove that faith is worth it to be successful, to be happy? No, that defeats the purpose of having faith. When one believes, they have hope, especially in the hardest of times. You don't need proof or a visual picture of God. You need trust and hope in the life Jesus stood for, and died for, to bring us new life and hope. Take some time to ask God to help you have faith in everything, especially the hard times.
Today's prayer comes from 'crosswalk' a prayer for trusting God in hard times:
Lord, I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. Help me to focus on You and Your power. I want to be like Joshua and Caleb who believed in a good report and focused on You even in hard circumstances (Numbers 14:7-9). My responsibility is to carefully read, trust, and obey Your Word. Today I bring before You this difficulty in my life [Name a hard situation you are right now facing]. Help me not to fear but to trust You in this situation. I declare my faith in Your ability to fulfill Your promises to me. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true.
I have nothing to fear with You on my side. I will be strong and courageous even in hard times. I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). You will never leave me or forsake me (Joshua 1:5). I do not need to figure everything out. You already know the best plan for my life. I will not try any man-made method to do only what You can do. Show me Your supernatural power. Teach me how to walk by faith and pray breakthrough prayers. I choose to have faith in Your ability to break through every obstacle in my life. Just like Joshua, You will give me the land and every place where my feet step (Joshua 1:3). “Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever". Amen.