John 6:5-6 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
Where are we going to get the money to pay for this? How are we going to eat? Where are we going to get enough for all these people? These are questions that …many of us are faced with every week. It is the problem of not having enough bread. You’ve got people to feed but not enough to meet the need.
It’s the concern of the mother trying to make lunches for her children this first week of school. It’s the concern of the teacher trying to get enough resources for her students. It’s the concern of the pastor trying to meet the needs of the people. How are we going to feed all these people?
Jesus was faced with a similar ordeal but on a larger scale. He had five thousand hungry people and just two fish and five loaves of bread. He asked his Disciples, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Phillip because being the Son of God, he already knew what he was going to do.
God already knows what he’s going to do on your behalf. You may be in a situation where you have more bills then you have bread. You have more vision than provision. You have more needs than you have meat but it is only a test. What’s the test?!
1. To see if you are going to trust him when it looks impossible. What looks impossible for man is possible with God. Do you trust God to do the impossible.
2. To see if you can still help people with limited resources. Can you still do your job with the little you have to work with? Don’t lose compassion just because you have limited resources.
3. To see if you can put the little you do have in the hands of Jesus. Little becomes much when you place it in the hands of Jesus. Jesus took a little boys lunch and miraculously multiplied it. Can you trust God with your tithes and offerings and watch him multiply it?
4. To see if you are going to waste your miracle. After Jesus fed the five thousand he told the Disciples to take up the leftovers. They each had a basket to eat off of later. Whenever God works a miracle off of what you give he always makes sure you have leftovers to make it later!
It gets scary when it looks like there’s not enough bread but I have decided that I’m going to trust you during this test. I believe that you can do the impossible. I believe that where there is Vision there will be Provision. Help me to pass my test this week be entrusting my little to your ability to do much!
In Jesus Name,