We kicked off our fall preaching series last weekend. I am excited to dig into these first chapters of Revelation with you. Thanks for your great questions, insights, and general curiosity about how to get in this book and get this book in you. Feel free to tweet (@dmhanke, #restorationva), comment on blogs, or post on my FB wall here and here. The discussion is an encouragement to everyone!
In addition to Revelation, we are slowly reading through John 6 each week. As I said on Sunday, I want to encourage you to re-visit this during your daily quiet times. Jesus does a radical thing– feeds 5000 people. Then Jesus spends a while very self-consciously reflecting on what that feeding means. His explicit candor about ‘the bread of life’ makes a bunch of His disciples leave. Their comment? ‘This is a hard saying, who can listen to it??’ So let’s mull it over, chew on it, and see what God has to say to us.
2 thoughts on John 6:6-9
Philip and the TEST: On Sunday, as soon as Erin read, “He said this to test him…” I groaned. This theme seems to be coming up a lot at Restoration: God tests His people. The tests check their faith, stretch their faith, increase their trust, expose where trust is weak… But viscerally, I always balk. God, I don’t want to be tested, I want to be given everything I need. 🙂 Just keeping it real. But God does test us. And we would be served by leaning in to the lesson and asking for opportunities to demonstrate our trust. God tests us to refine us. God tests us to make us look more like Christ. Even more… God tests us to encourage us!! So that we can see the good character work He is doing in us.
However, for Philip, the ‘test’ spins him into a tizzy. He blusters, where would we get enough money to give all these people just a bite? He makes grocery lists, calculates labor costs, projects how long it will take… I am very familiar with this tizzy. God, you want me to do what?? How? When? With who? bluster, bluster, bluster.
Andrew and the question: Andrew sees the same situation. Andrew has a different response: ‘Jesus, there is a kid here with a lunch– a few loaves and some sardines’. It’s food, but not nearly enough. ‘What are they for so many?’
This is who I want to be: impossible situation, helpful assessment of meager resources, then the right question to the right person. Jesus, how are YOU going to do this?
God, help me to see the resources you have provided (even when they seem very small). And help me to ask YOU the questions that only You can answer. Help me to trust you.
Hope you are having a great week.