I led devotions with the Youth Workers from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland this week and it was great to be back among that special group of people in Assembly Buildings, Belfast. Our thoughts were based around John 6:1-15 which is his account of the ‘Feeding of The Five Thousand” miracle. This event in Jesus life is recorded by all four Gospel writers – it makes its way into Matthew, Mark, Luke and John’s biographies of Jesus. What’s the big deal?
There are a thousand messages (and more) that could come from this passage. Not all of the lessons are the ‘main lesson’ but I think this event has lots to say to us today.
Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. [John 6:5-6]
When we don’t have a clue what’s going to happen next. When we are out of our depth and totally up against an obstacle that is too great for us. When we are resourceless and lost. Jesus is certain about the way ahead. God did not call an emergency meeting of the Trinity after the morning service to discuss how to deal with the food crisis. He knew how this was going to play out.
I’m comforted by the truth today, that even though I have no idea what may happen next in life, Jesus does. He is not scratching His head trying to figure a way out of the obstacles and difficulties I face. He himself knows what He is going to do. I ‘simply’ need to trust Him.