Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” (John 1:48-50)
I get it now. When Jesus tells us the kingdom of heaven belongs to children, it’s because while we are so numb to the wonders of this universe because we’ve seen them so much, children are astounded and left in wonder by it, like it is new to them. This is the faith Jesus talks about when mentioning Nathanael. The situation seems simple. Jesus knew Nathanael was under the fig tree earlier that day. Cool. Most of us read that and move on. But Nathanael is astounded. He is bewildered by the fact of Jesus’ mere omniscience and claims him the Son of God, the King of Israel.
This is where it hit me. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Sure, that’s a given and we move on. Thats basic. BUT NO! Why are our expectations so high? Why is it that we are so numb to the fact that even the mere being of God is something that we should be astounded or taken aback by? Why do we wait for him to show us something in our lives for us to feel he is worthy of worship? Nathanael claimed him the King of Israel immediately and Jesus stops him and basically says, “Stand back kid, there’s more where that came from”.
Take us back to wonder. It hit me today, I want a faith like that of Nathanael. Sure, we can have high expectations of God and he will still continue to amaze us. But its really a testament to our own selfishness when his mere being stops to completely amaze us.
Give me the faith of a child, give me the faith of Nathanael.