John 14:1-10 (NIV)

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”   

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

John 14:6 (NIV)

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   

DEVOTION -Philip Polo (Nairobi, Kenya)

I was running late for an appointment when I decided to call a taxi.  On the phone the driver insisted that he knew where to pick me up and wouldn’t listen to my directions.  But a while later he called back, having lost his way.  Now quite worried, I again gave him directions, using a well-known university as a reference point.  Again, he confirmed, knowing the place and promised to be here in a short while.  But he got lost a second time.

After several such conversations, the driver finally arrived.  The signposts to my location were all very clear, bur the driver had been unable to correctly follow any of them.

Reflecting back on this incident, I realize that we are much like this driver in our spiritual lives.  Similar to Thomas and Philip in today’s reading, we rely on our own knowledge when we actually do not know the way.  We have the Holy Bible, the living word of God to guide us through all circumstances in life, but often we follow its guidance only after we have lost our way.  With God’s grace, we can look for guidance and live in right relationship with Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The Bible is our guide for life.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for your continued love and care for us even when we fail to listen to you.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.