Friday: April 24, 2020
John 6:6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
Many puzzles and quizzes are designed with answers. Thus, when anyone spends a significant amount of time trying to figure any, out oblivious of the fact that solutions already exist; they are likely to beat themselves up eventually when they make the discovery. They might even say to the one who reveals the answers ‘that was not funny’.
In their mind, perhaps others were taking delight seeing them running around and cracking their minds looking for answers that they didn’t have to struggle to find. But in the end, discovery brings excitement, a sense of achievement – ‘I got it’. That is a key driver for people who keep pushing on. But in our Gospel text today, Philip would have been rather disappointed and displeased that his opinion and idea was sought even though Jesus ‘already knew what to do about the situation’- the answered puzzle scenario.
Regardless, Jesus’ question was not just for show but there was intent behind it. In the situation they found themselves, He wanted to examine the heart of the Apostles so he asks ‘there are people hungry out here in the dessert, what should we do about it? Philips was not very helpful ‘where shall we find bread for this many? Even a year’s wage is unlikely to get them enough bread’. While that is no solution, it revealed motive and intent: ‘if we had more money, we could feed them. If we knew where to find more bread, we could feed them too’.
My dear, that is the first thing God looks out for before revealing his full plan to us: what does your heart say? What is your resolve? Beloved, God searches the heart for motives and intentions before revealing His plans and purposes because those are not executable by hearts that do not share His passion for His creation, His love for the world and His desire to protect and provide.