“After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.” (John 6:1-6)
These few verses are the perfect picture to prove that when God asks you to do something, He already knows how He is going to accomplish it through you.
But look at Philip’s response:
“Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” (John 6:7)
Instead of Philip placing trust in Jesus to take care of everything, he immediately starts doing calculations. He looks out over the crowd and does some math and actually tells Jesus there is basically no way to financially or physically feed everyone. I am not making fun of Philip because I know I, more than likely, would have done the EXACT same thing.
We all want to try and figure out our lives on our own don’t we?
Philip was in the presence of the Master.
Philip KNEW he was in the presence of the Master.
Philip treated the Master like He was any other man.
And the Master wanted to point that out!
Are you and I just going through the motions of church and service as if they are just what we are supposed to do? Did you get up and go to Sunday School and Church services yesterday and then again last night? Did you sit in your little pew thinking about the week ahead and dinner plans after church? Did you sit in the presence of the Master but your mind was on the dress of that one at church that you think is just “sooooo worldly”. Or maybe you were aggravated at your spouse sitting at your side because you had previously had words before sitting down like good little Christians and shaking hands with the “brethren”.
Sure, you sang in the choir, posed your face in the appropriate moments in a very righteous way, smiled at the folks you passed as you headed for your seat and quickly found the Scripture as the Preacher named the passage. Shoot, you may have even gone forward and worked the altar after the Preacher said “Everyone stand with your head bowed and your eyes closed.”
But did you stop and pay attention to the Master?
Not the preacher. Not the deacon. Not the greeter. Did you stop and remember that the WHOLE reason you came to the church building to assemble yourself together with other believers was to focus on the Lord?
Don’t worry, I am stepping on my own toes today, not yours. I get very annoyed with myself at how quickly I can fall into a rut of doing things by habit and duty. It’s time to pinch myself and wake up.
The Lord had taught that crowd on the hillside all day long. He was probably VERY hungry as well. Yet He never fed Himself, He wanted to take care of the multitude. He also wanted to take care of the spiritual need of an individual, Philip.
Jesus KNEW exactly what He was going to do then and He knows exactly what He is going to do today.
You and I need to remember that if God has placed us into a situation He knows why He has us there and He knows What He is going to do with and through us there.
We are never left alone to figure things out by ourselves. We only begin to fret when we fail to recognize the Master and His power.
Do you need to pinch yourself today and wake up?
Do you need to remember that you are not sitting there by yourself?
Do you need to shake off the doubt that has crept up in your heart?
The Master is not just a famous teacher. He is the King of Kings. He is All Powerful and He has everything under control, no matter how much you think is out of control. God knows what He is doing. Open your eyes and pay attention.
Jesus satisfied the multitude and then some that day. Wonder what Philip thought of the baskets of food left over after everyone had eaten their fill?
Think on all the times that the Lord has proven Himself in your life through the years and all the blessings He has given you that overflowed your life. Hasn’t He been good to you? Don’t serve Him out of routine and duty, serve Him in full awareness of Who it is that you are living your life for!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,