My husband has enough shoes. This is a hard concept for me to understand. I never seem to have enough shoes. Now I am not a shoe fashionista, but if you asked me on any given day “Karen, could you use another pair of shoes?” the answer would always be “yes”. There’s always a new pair of black flats or white sandals or even plaid tennis shoes that are calling my name. AND if there’s a shoe sale? You KNOW I don’t have enough shoes if they are buy one pair get the second pair half off.
The truth is I have plenty of shoes but sometimes I forget. I start thinking the gal next to me has cuter shoes than me or I look at the scuffs on my latest pair of heels and discontentment washes over me. My head starts to think I don’t have enough when really I have plenty.
Philip was a disciple of Jesus’ who had plenty but wanted more. Philip wanted enough proof of God so He could believe that Jesus would not forsake him. Let’s face it. Most days this is not a big deal but we wonder if Jesus is enough when we face hurdles that seem too tough for Jesus to carry us through.
You want to talk tough? Philip’s doubts came during a particularly tough week at work. First, Jesus tells his disciples they are headed back to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. That’s good news. Unfortunately the Jewish ruling council wants Jesus dead. That’s bad news. Jesus and His disciples are met by a huge crowd praising Him. That’s good news. Jesus explains to the disciples that soon, at the peak of His popularity, He has to leave. That’s bad news. Probably confused and frightened to be without Jesus, Philip asks Jesus in John 14:8 “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
I picture Jesus patiently shaking His head saying in the next verse “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?” What about you? Maybe Jesus has been with you for a long time, but do you know Jesus well enough to KNOW He is enough? Jesus’ lesson to Philip went something like this: “Think about all the ways you know the Father through me. Think about all the things I have said. These are from the Father. Think about all the things I have done- these are from the Father too. And even think about the miracles, these you must know are from God. Can’t you see? I am in the Father and the Father is in me. I am enough.”
What will be enough for you? When your life has more hurdles and more scrapes than the life next to you, is Jesus enough? Or does your discontent have you hunting for something more like me at a half priced shoe sale? Remember, Jesus has been among you for a long time bringing blessings, strength, comfort and perhaps above all… hope. Rest in what you know to be true about Jesus and discover that He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is enough. Amen