John 6:5-7 – As Jesus sat down, he looked out and saw the massive crowd of people scrambling up the hill, for they wanted to be near him. So he turned to Philip and said, “Where will we buy enough food to feed all these people?” Now Jesus already knew what he was about to do, but he said this to stretch Philip’s faith.
Philip answered, “Well, I suppose if we were to give everyone only a snack, it would cost thousands of dollars to buy enough food!”
When you run out of resources and run out of money it is easy to get your vision clouded and to get way off track. About this time every year my mind wanders back to 1990 when our ministry was in that very predicament. New Orleans had just gone through a mass exodus of businesses in response to trouble in the oil industry. In seemed like everyone was moving to Houston. We had also just endured national and local scandals with the television preachers. We were trying to build a new worship facility and let’s just say things were not going very well. I found myself drifting from my calling and purpose as I was fixated on how I was going to pay the mounting mountain of debt. I was overwhelmed and was being torn in a million different directions by various voices who meant well but were not helping. I was interrupted by the Lord by a strange impression or voice apparently from Him, “What are you looking at?”.
“Well, I’m looking at how to fix this”, was my anemic reply. “Look to Me”, was His response. “Feed the people and I will do the rest”. That was the beginning of our first ‘Feed the Multitudes’ event. FTM has been a life saver and a tool to refocus our ministry for all these years. Here are some comments from the Passion Translation that describe Jesus’s comments to His disciple when facing an insurmountable need.
John 6;7 – “Well, I suppose if we were to give everyone only a snack, it would cost thousands of dollars to buy enough food!”
“This equates to about eight months’ wages of the average person. Philip didn’t answer the question and was focused on how much money it would cost, but Jesus’ question was, “Where will we buy bread?” Jesus was testing Philip to see if he would look to Jesus to supply all that was needed and not consider their limited resources.”
So I just have to ask you again, “What are you looking at? Your problems or are you looking at Jesus”.