DAY 106 OF 365 IN 2021
John 6:7-9 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
Before asking Philip about where they could get bread for their audience, we read that ‘Jesus already knew what to do about the situation’. The solution was ready, yet He asked His disciples about it. We therefore wonder: why? Was he just pulling their legs, mocking them or was their opinion well and truly warranted?
Jesus’ question to them resulted in the response we see: an estimation of how much money will be required to feed the crowd and an aggregation of what resources were on hand. That would have been one intention of Jesus: to trigger a careful look at the things already available to them.
In providing the solution, nothing new and out of the ordinary was used, just the regular bread and fish available within the camp; and even more importantly, it was found and presented by the disciples. Beloved, looking around to assess what we have in relation to an existing problem is critical to finding solutions.
Sometimes, we become so concerned about the scale of the problem that we forget to make any assessments of the resources we require and those we already possess. We ought to come to the realisation that what is ordinary in our hands, take on a very different form when laid at the Lord’s feet. They gain capacity and momentum which transforms them from ordinary into extraordinary.
However, we first we need to know what we have, for then we know what we are presenting.