One thing we must recognize in a crisis situation is the difference between what is true and what is truth. Certain things are true from a physical perspective, but there is an overriding spiritual truth. This is what Jesus was ministering. People always go by what’s happening in the physical realm. If all you do is acknowledge that, you’ll never be able to operate in the truths of God’s Word because they’ll always cross each other. They’ll be contrary to each other a lot of the time, usually most of the time.
The world of the flesh and the world of the spirit are enmity against each other (Gal. 5:17). They’re at war.
We often make the mistake of exalting physical truth over spiritual truth. We hold what we can see, taste, hear, smell, and feel to be more real than what God’s Word says. But one of the things you must do in a crisis is go back to God’s Word, humble yourself, and say, “Father, forgive me for exalting natural “truth” over your truth. Whatever your Word says is true. If I don’t understand it, please explain it to me.”
But that’s not what the disciples did. Thomas countered Jesus, saying, “Lord, we don’t know where you’re going, so how can we know the way?” Then Jesus turned to him and said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (verses 6-7).
Then Philip said, “Lord, shew us the Father, and it will suffice us” (verse 8). Philip did the same thing Thomas did. He said, “Lord, what you say is not true. We haven’t seen the Father.”
Jesus just said that they had seen the Father, and this time Philip contradicted Him.