Where do you need God’s provision? Do you need more time, energy, money, or talent?
My friend Sandi retired from work at the same time the prices of insulin shot up. One jumped to over a $900 copay for a three-month supply and the other to over $1000. The leap in prices and dip in income tempted her to fret.
But Sandi embraced this as a faith challenge. God knew her needs. How would He supply? Should she lower her missionary support?
We all face problems that overwhelm our resources. John 6:1-14 shows how Jesus multiplies our limited resources for His glory and our growth.
Supernatural Provision for 5000 Hungry Men and Their Families
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” (John 6:5-6 NIV).
Jesus asked this only to test Philip. I wonder how He hoped Philip would respond.
Let’s imagine how faith might reply. I picture Philip crossing his arms and cocking his head as he looks at Jesus. As understanding dawns, his face relaxes and his eyes twinkle. “What do You have in mind, Lord? Do I detect a miracle?”
However, the real Philip looked at the size of the crowd instead of at Jesus. He said, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (Jn. 6:7 NIV)
If they couldn’t provide even a bite for each person, why would they consider supplying a meal? Even if they could afford to buy that much food, how would they transport it? The situation was impossible.
Andrew showed a spark of faith. “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish.” He then looked at the other disciples and realized how ridiculous he sounded. “But how far will they go among so many?” (Jn. 6:9).
The disciples knew they couldn’t feed the crowd so, except for Andrew, they didn’t even look for options. When have you held back what you have because you knew it wasn’t enough?When have you held back what you have because you knew it wasn’t enough? #faith, #Provision Click To Tweet
But Jesus didn’t think Andrew was silly. He took the boy’s lunch and told the disciples to have the people sit on the grass.
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” (Jn. 6:11-13).
It’s natural to evaluate a need in light of our resources. But God calls us to evaluate needs in light of His resources.It’s natural to evaluate a need in light of our resources. But God calls us to evaluate needs in light of His resources. #supernatural #hope Click To Tweet
Sandi mentioned her retirement to her doctor who supplied her with two years of free insulin. When the doctor was unable to continue, Sandi asked us to pray with her for God’s provision.
In the meantime, Sandi added two more missionaries to her charitable giving. I later received her text explaining that the pharmacy charged her only $5.00 for one of the insulins. “I can pay that!” she said. “I will get a prescription for the more expensive one when I see the doctor. So, what else will God do?”
What problems dwarf your human resources? Bring Jesus what you have. A little in the hands of Jesus is more than enough.
Lord Jesus, help me live with joyful anticipation of Your supernatural provision for my needs today.
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19 NASB).
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