I'm trying to read through John during my quiet time. Quiet time for me has been difficult to carve out for a long time. Right now, it's before bed since I'm a terrible morning person (and I figure God is happy to meet me any time).
I read this account the other night:
John 6:1-15I love that Jesus knows exactly what He will do to feed to oncoming crowd, but He takes the opportunity to test Philip and the other disciples. He is always training them to trust Him and know Him better.
The disciples have been walking with Jesus for some time now and have seen him change the water into wine, preach, and heal the sick, but there remains a disconnect between what they have witnessed and what they actively believe and act on in moments of "faith opportunities."
They walk with the bread of life Himself, so simple physical bread should be a snap.
"Jesus said to them,But instead of saying, "Jesus, I know you've got this covered. Tell us what to do," the disciples calculate. They think in terms of money and numbers.
They look at what's in front of them instead of WHO is with them.
Instead of shaking his head at their slow-to-believe-hearts, Jesus graciously feeds the needy crowd so they can stick around and hear His teaching.
I too have walked with Jesus and seen him provide again and again, yet the simplest situation can throw me into a dizzying scramble for solutions. Calculations, figuring, planning. I forget that I walk with the Bread of life. I can talk with the Counselor. The Mighty God has my right hand.
Our God comes through greater than we expect, greater than we even know to ask. Whatever situation--small or big--you face today, remember Him. Maybe it's as small as my Sunday morning phone call, or maybe it's a much bigger deal.
Let this be an opportunity to fall on God's faithfulness and exercise your trust in Him. Stop scrambling and instead tell Jesus, "I know you've got this covered. Tell me what to do."
The answer may simply be, "Just watch."