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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Thoughts of Thomas and Philip

Scripture Reading: John 14:1-14

Focus Verse: “Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’” John 14:5 (NIV)

What is the Teacher saying? Thomas looked down at his feet and haltingly asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Philip chimed in, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus looked deeply into Philip’s eyes and said, to him, “I and the Father are one.”

Huh! What does Jesus mean? I look at the others. They all have the same blank look on their faces. None of us understood what we heard.

Sometimes, we receive direction or instructions from Jesus we do not comprehend. We ask, again, for God’s Will and we hear more words we do not ‘get’.

When we encounter words from God that puzzle us, what can we do to learn what they mean? One way we have is to study the Word. Another avenue we have is to pray and ask God to show us what lies ahead.

When we study God’s Word, we should apply what we learn to our hearts. We have to search our hearts to see if we harbor in our hearts anything, of which He speaks.

 As we pray, we should take the time to listen to how God responds to our pleas. We should not pray ‘on the run’. (It is very easy for me to fall into that practice.)

Dear Father God: Please let us learn to listen to You and understand Your words to us. Help us when we question what You tell us. I ask this out of Your grace for me. In His Name, I pray. Amen.


  1. Hi Cecelia! This is such a good prayer. I do hear God's words, but do I 'get it' the right way? I do need to pray for light and direction, so I will understand correctly. It helps to know that the Apostles had just the same problem.

    Come to us, Oh Wisdom!

    1. Ceil: This thing called wisdom can be hard to define. Wisdom has been defined as knowing how to apply knowledge to certain circumstances in life. I need that wisdom in two certain circumstances that I face right now.


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