“You have everything you need, if you just believe.”
That’s really the issue isn’t it? Will I believe? In regards to Christianity, will I accept what has been recorded in Scripture?
The struggle to believe in God, Jesus, and Scripture is not unique to our moment. In John 6 we find another moment in the life and times of Jesus with his disciples. This time He wants them to examine their level of belief. He knows where they are, but they usually do not. God knows what you think and believe even if you keep it off social media! The question is whether you really know what you believe. The disciples were being ushered into a crisis of belief and the test was being distributed. Let’s peek into this situation:
After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”
Philip was all grown-up right? He was practical. He was reasonable. He lived in the reality of the situation. He reminds me of a few 6th grade boys that asked me when the world was going to end. I replied “When God decides for it to end.” I received blank stares and one giggle. I was then told that the world would end in a few million years because the sun was going to die. I pulled out my best child theology thought and helped them understand that God will make the final decision.
- God will make the world end before the sun dies.
- God will use the sun dying as the catalyst for the end of the world.
- God will replace the sun and we won’t know it.
My belief is not just in reason and science. I believe in the God of wonders beyond our galaxy. What are they teaching kids these days?
Philip was the rational one who saw numbers, noses, dollars and dimes. He added it all up and concluded there was not a feasible way to feed the people. How about you? What is your tendency? What is your nature? Jesus wants you to believe in Him.
Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
Andrew is closer. He wants to believe but the evidence seems to be overloading his system. He wants to believe, but the older wiser Philip has suggested it to be impossible. How would it look now? When Jesus asked the question, Andrew looked around and found a boy with a lunch. Philip put quill to parchment. Just as Andrew was bringing the boy up, Philip speaks. Jesus, who I am sure did not roll His eyes but secretly wanted to, then looked hopefully over to Andrew. The boy and the lunch are presented. The hope is alive. The believe not yet dashed. Jesus is excited. Then Andrew drops the bomb and negates all progress he was making at that moment. Have had one of these Andrew moments?
- God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, but what good does that do me now with these bills?
- God is the great physician, but Momma is just so sick.
- God is just a prayer away, but does He really care about this?
- God is the great redeemer of His people, but can he really help me out of this problem?
- God has a plan for my life, but what can he really do with me?
All of these start out right and stop short of belief. Jesus enacted this moment to have the guys check their level of belief.
- Are you Philip the skeptic and realist?
- Are you Andrew the “stop short” guy?
- Are you the dreamer who just believes?
How much your life could change if you would only just believe! You have everything you need, if you just believe.