Saturday, August 22, 2015

He Knew What He Would Do

“Lifting up His eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming towards Him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?’ He said that to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.” (John 6:5b-6)

Lifting up His eyes, then, and seeing a large family going forth to the place He has told them, Jesus said to Scotty and Emily, “Where will you live, so that you and your little ones will have a place to sleep?” He said that to test them, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip knew there was no possible way to feed the enormous crowd. The resources simply were not there.

Trekking across the world and trying to find a home that meets all of the varied needs of our family seems nearly as impossible. Add to it all the inconveniences of the third world. And the heat and the air that’s heavy with humidity.

Oh, and we need an affordable car that seats six…

And don’t forget the kids’ education. That’s rather important.

And like Philip, we have question marks in our minds. No answers. No heaps of bread and fish. No twelve baskets of excess.

Oh, but “Do not tolerate small thoughts of the Lord Jesus”! (C. Spurgeon).

He Himself knew what He would do.

“Jesus said, ‘make the people sit down.’ Now there was much grass in the place.” (John 6:10)

"Loaves and Fishes" by John August Swanson
Mercy. Much grass. Soft, sweet, green grass. Rest.

And then abundance. Jesus fed them.

Philip! How you must have worshipped!

Jesus, help us to replace question marks with worship, resting on mercy's grass, and wait to be fed.  Help us to lean on the truth that You know what You will do!

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