Faith, Not Facts

Posted: December 21, 2011 in The Word
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5 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?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” -John 6:5-7

Jesus chooses to ask Philip where they could get some bread for the thousands of people simple because Philip was from that area, so he would have known where the resources would have been. And Philip simply responds like any of us would. He lets Jesus know that they didn’t even have close to enough cash flow to buy that much bread.

Newsflash: Jesus already knew that they didn’t have enough to buy that much bread.

As you read in verse 6, Jesus was just testing Philip. He already had everything taken care of.

When Jesus asked Philip where the bread would come from, He was looking for faith, not facts.

Philip simply gave Jesus the facts. The problem with that is that Jesus didn’t need to hear the facts from him. Jesus already knew the facts. All of them. Philip just needed to show Jesus some faith.

So when God calls us to do something, let’s stop wasting our time telling Him the facts and how impossible it seems (which He’s already aware of) and start showing some faith. Because just like the Bible says in John 6:6, “he already has in mind what he is going to do.”

  1. Phillip Noel says:

    Simple but powerful story. When were our backs are against the wall we tend to look for ways to handle it by ourselves instead of showing faith and confidence in God and his abilities.

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