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Tuesday, January 31

By: Allison Hand

“Lifting up his eyes, then, seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Phillip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.” John 6:5-6

This is from a particular story from Scripture that God has pushed on my heart this past week and I’m hoping it's for you today as well. As you read this story in John chapter 6 or in Matthew 15, it boasts of God’s goodness, greatness and grace. It's the stories of Jesus feeding thousands when there appeared to not be enough.  

Right in the middle of what feels like my own impossible situation, I read the passage you read above. And I as I read it, I imagined Jesus asking that same question to me. I imagined Jesus has a smile on his face and is nudging me in my side because He already knew what He was going to do.

Yet he asks anyways. “Allison, what are we going to do?”
And I respond like Phillip.

With my natural, logistical thinking.

“Well, I can try and do this. And I can go do that. And let me think about this.”  I thought these ‘answers’ all as I worried, figuring out how this impossible thing is going to even work out.

And just like Phillip I forget all the amazing things God has done for me and so many others in the past. All the times when it looked impossible yet God moved and provided.

So why is it hard to trust once again?

In his goodness and graciousness, He still invites and still asks us into what He is doing even though we forget or have the wrong thinking. He knows we are still growing and still learning through each experience.

That’s when  God’s greatness shines in our ‘not enough.’

Phillip and the other disciples did not have enough for the problem at hand.

I very much know I do not have what is needed in my own impossible situation.
But God certainly does.

Do you feel like God is testing you? Are you looking at the situation naturally or are you looking to the One who fixes things supernaturally? Ask God to increase your faith and let your answers always involve Him. And give Him the glory for doing the impossible on our behalf.

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