August 04, 2019: SOAP #3531:  2Kings 22; 2Chronicles 34; John 6W Scripture:  John (NIV) 6:5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind […]

August 04, 2019: SOAP #3531: 2Kings 22; 2Chronicles 34; John 6W

Scripture:  John (NIV) 6:5 When Jesus looked up and saw agreat crowd coming towards him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buybread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, “Eight months' wages would not buy enough bread foreach one to have a bite!”

Observation:   Jesus'question was a test for Philip.  Philip'sanswer showed that he was thinking of the least amount that would beneeded.  He was thinking of only enough 'foreach one to have a bite.'  Jesus was thinkingof abundance.  Jesus was thinking ofeveryone having 'as much as they wanted' (verse 11) and of 12 baskets full ofleftovers! (verse 12)   All of this from five small barley loaves andtwo small fish! (verse 9) 

Before Philip even began considering what needed to be done, Jesus 'already hadin mind what he was going to do.' (verse 6)  He knew what would be availableand He knew what He could do.  He waswith the mother that morning who packed the lunch for her son. 

Application:  I never have a good reason to panic.  Jesus already has in mind what He isgoing to do!  Many times, God's answershave obviously been prepared well before I was even aware that I would befacing those needs.  Answers to myquestions have been in the scriptures I read earlier in the day.  A sermon preached a year ago and broadcast onthe radio yesterday contained the answer I need today!   What I needed today was put in the mail lastweek!  The job God provided months backprovides for many needs today.     

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me patiently wait inexpectation that the answer to my dilemma is already on the way.  Knowing that you already have in mind what youare going to do encourages me to wait with thanksgiving.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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