“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 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?”Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there).Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.”
I know yesterday I mentioned taking self-evaluation and paying attention to what you do, why you do it, what can you do better, just things of that nature. It’s wild what the Lord shows you when you ask Him to show you the truth about yourself whether it hurts or not. I’ve noticed a big thing that I’ve always struggled with especially with my time in the Word and typing these messages, I like to complicate things. You know what I’m talking about? The truth could be staring me right in the face, x+y=z, but I start thinking like I’m Einstein, overthinking really, and by the end of writing out this big huge formula, I lose track of the simple answer, just z. In our case, at times we can find ourselves doing this in our relationship with the Lord. Not that there’s even an equation to it but if there was it’d simply be this; God+you=Loving relationship with God. Everything else takes care of itself after our relationship with the Lord is connected together in loving fellowship. Whether it’s spending time with the Lord in His Word, talking to Him in prayer, or just anytime with Him. There’s no need to throw in all these other numbers and letters into the formula, it’s literally as simple as God and you, you and God. I do this with these messages but isn’t it the same as our daily walk with the Lord? We run in circles trying to make it sound better, make it prettier, throw in some stuff that makes us feel good, but at the end of the day there’s no need for all that running around. It’s a simple love with a simple Savior, who works in simple ways. That’s it. It’s simple.
Looking at these verses today from the story of Jesus feeding the multitude. There is so so much that can be taken away from this story and as much as I’d love to run you through all that, I’m afraid you’ll miss the main point, heck I’m afraid I’ll miss the main point. So simplify. Here we go. Jesus sees the crowd coming and asks Phillip this question, ““Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” The funny part about this question is Jesus already knew what He was going to do, He knew the solution. But Jesus asks Phillip anyways. And when I read Phillip’s response I thought, “hmm, that sounds familiar.” That’s such a human response. Phillip is looking at it and thinking of the solution in his horizontal human lens because yeah, it would take more than a half years pay to feed these people. He’s got Jesus, the Son of God, who has already shown them what He’s capable of right in front of him but in realistic terms it’s impossible. I’m sure Phillip was thinking, well we don’t even have a job, so we’d have to get on indeed, get my resume out there, find a place to work, then maybe after a half a year or so we could buy food for all these people. Jesus does this to us all the time. We have questions come up in our life, troubles or problems that test us. Jesus allows us to go off our ideas for awhile where we complicate things and run in circles. Then at the end of the day when our huge fancy ideas don’t bring a solution, we are back to Jesus asking, “well Lord, I thought that plan was bulletproof but it wasn’t, what do you think we should do?”
ENTER JESUS. Jesus uses this test for Phillip and the tests we undergo to show us to lift our eyes from the horizontal because our answers are vertical. Not in what we physically see but what we believe and trust in, Who is out of this world, Jesus! We complicate it and try to do things our way but it’s simple. Jesus is right there, the Son of God is RIGHT THERE in front of us and we still so often find a way to look past Him. Jesus shows by feeding these people that we don’t have to trust in Jesus to meet our physical needs but that He is the BREAD OF LIFE, Jesus will meet our every need. The answers sometimes seem so far away or impossible to see but HEY, look in front of you, look into God’s Word, speak to the Lord and connect with Him through your prayer phone. With a relationship with the Son of God, we no longer have to look to our capabilities or our witty plans to meet our needs, we just have to trust. Trust that Jesus is going to provide just like He did yesterday and has done so many days before. It’s so stinkin simple it blows my mind!!! Jesus is the answer, the one and only answer we’ll ever need, the answer that solves all our problems and takes what we see as “so little” and turns it into more than you need! Jesus gives us a simple message here. Go to Him for your answers. He’s right there in front of you. Trust Him. He will provide in ways that you never could’ve imagined. Why? Because He’s Jesus and He loves you. That’s it but that’s plenty.