John 6:8-11 – Lesson #61

When Philip was tested with where to buy bread for the great multitude which had gathered, he replied; “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient” (John 6:7). Philip “failed” the test in the same manner we often fail today. When we allow the money god to become more real than the One True Almighty God, we tend to see money as the necessary solution to all problems. And when a problem appears too big for our limited god to solve, we conclude there is no solution. But there are more ways we tend to fail the test.

John 6:8-11
“One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’ Then Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.”

Andrew identified a young boy with a small amount of food, but his action lacked faith, “What are they among so many?” In Andrew we see our usual second failed step. When our bank account is determined inadequate, we take a quick inventory of all our resources and conclude what we can supply is insufficient. Even though Andrew was not being directly tested, he failed to see the true solution standing before his eyes.

In an act of wonderful grace, Jesus provided the answer. Though faith was lacking and eyes failed to see, Jesus stepped up and revealed Himself in a mighty way. Without rebuking the disciples for their lack of faith, and without concern about the lack of resources, Jesus invited the disciples to join Him in a miraculous act of ministry; “Make the people sit down.”

God’s invitation most always comes through small steps of obedience. The disciples must have wondered why they were asked to have the people sit, but they obeyed. They must have felt a little foolish as they received their first portion of bread and began to distribute to such a large group, but they obeyed. And as they obediently followed, the disciples found themselves right in the middle of the awesome will of God.

When Jesus gathered the loaves and fish He first gave thanks, “looking up to Heaven” (Luke 9:16), for what had been supplied. Again, we usually fail at this important step. We tend to evaluate the need and then tell God of how He must supply in order to meet the need. But this is a foolish attempt at Spiritual manipulation and not a love driven Spiritual faith. Continual faith in ministry thanks God for what He provides and then trusts Him to accomplish all He desires as we walk in obedience.

Let’s renew our commitment to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Let’s remember we follow the Creator of the Universe, and, with thanksgiving, keep our eyes on the One who supplies ALL our needs.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries