We can limit what God does in us by assuming what is and what is not possible.
The feeding of the five thousand is one of Jesus’ greatest miracles that began as one of the disciples’ greatest problems. John 6:5-6 - Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. (NLT)
Jesus was testing Philip to strengthen his faith. By asking for a human solution (knowing that there was none), Jesus was setting the stage for the miraculous act he was about to perform. Jesus knew the people were hungry; he knew the disciples’ resources were scarce and that they were far from any places for buying bread, even if they had the money. Did Philip and the others believe Jesus could actually feed all these people? Did they believe he could solve this problem? Or did they believe only in what they could see and touch—the physical realities of their situation?
After giving the test, Jesus gave the answer. He fed the five thousand!
Questions to Consider
When have you felt overwhelmed by the apparent needs around you?
Which, if any, were you yourself able to meet?
In what ways was Jesus’ question about the bread a test for Philip and the other disciples?
Talking to God
Ask the Lord to help you trust him with every area of your life, even with relationships, tasks, or problems that seem impossible. If you’ve limited God by assuming what is and what is not possible, admit it. Close your time in prayer by remembering who Jesus is, including his power and his resources.