Testing Faith

Sunday, July 18, 2021

1-4 After this, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee (some call it Tiberias). A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick. When he got to the other side, he climbed a hill and sat down, surrounded by his disciples. It was nearly time for the Feast of Passover, kept annually by the Jews.
5-6 When Jesus looked out and saw that a large crowd had arrived, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread to feed these people?” He said this to stretch Philip’s faith. He already knew what he was going to do.
7 Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.”
8-9 One of the disciples—it was Andrew, brother to Simon Peter—said, “There’s a little boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But that’s a drop in the bucket for a crowd like this.” -John 6:1-9 The Message.

After the explanation of working on the Sabbath day, Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee. Because of the miracles he has been performing, he attracted a large crowd. Jesus went on a mountainside and sat with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Festival was coming up. Jesus stood up and saw a great group coming toward him, and he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” Jesus did this to test him as he knew what he would do. If anybody knew where to get food, it would be Philip since his hometown is Bethsaida, a town nine miles from where they were. (John 1:44) Jesus knew there was no human solution, but the challenge we must take on and believe is that Jesus can do all things, even if we know it is out of our league. But Philip answered the question by saying, “it would take more than a half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” What Philip did was start to assess the probable cost. The lesson here, not just for Philip but also for us, is that financial resources are not the most important ones. The limitations are what is possible and what is not possible. We believe God can’t do many things because it is impossible to do, but don’t let the estimate scoop low and not have faith because what you think is limiting. He is a resourceful God and can provide for you.

Another of Jesus’ disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” The boy brought barley loaves and two small fish and gave what he had, but the disciples didn’t produce anything but failed to realize they had more resources than the boy. At that point, the boy gave what he had, and that made a difference. But the disciples didn’t go to Jesus and ask at that time what to do. They kept evaluating instead of using their resource right in front of them. But Jesus loves to work through people. The miracle Jesus perform is the most significant recorded in the Gospel, but Jesus works through the boy to do his blessing. Age does not matter to Jesus. The boy is young. Even if you are old, Jesus can still perform miracles through you! Jesus will offer our services at any time, any age! Be ready!

Father, thank you for your service and thank you for using our services no matter the circumstances. I pray we can continue to be faithful to allow you to work in us, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. In Jesus’ name. Amen!