2011-06-13 - What Would Philip Say?
"Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?" (John 6:9)
Turning to me, Jesus asked where we could buy bread to feed the people. I didn't know this at the time but He was testing me, for Jesus already knew what He was going to do.
I didn't answer Jesus' question but said it would take a fortune to purchase food for all these people. Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up and told Jesus about a boy who has five barley loaves and a couple of fish, as if that would make a dent.
Jesus ordered everyone to sit down. And all of them - the approximate count of men was 5,000 - we never got a number of the women and children - sat down on the grassy slopes, an accomplishment in itself. Then Jesus took the boy's loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward, He did the same with the fish, and everyone ate until full. Jesus miraculously multiplied the food right before our eyes! I still had a lot to learn about God. For a split second, I forgot that Jesus could change things in an instant. I think I got caught up in the people demanding food and my exasperation on how and how much it would cost to feed them.
I was looking right at the man who could answer any question, big or small. And yet I was limiting Him. When Jesus multiplied the boy's two loaves of bread and small fish, it put me to shame. If that does not constitute a miracle I don't know what will.
I never imagined He would be able to feed the thousands of people on that small amount of food, never thinking there would be food left over. I never once thought to ask God to provide a miracle. Thank goodness Jesus is around, so we can learn from Him.
Lord, gently help me to look for solutions before I get angry or put the blame on You. Thank You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.