Where Can You Purchase It?


Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Phillip, “Where shall we buy bread, so that these people may eat?”  John 6:5

Feeding 5,000 hungry people is no small thing.  Because it was in a wilderness, no one had a kitchen to call home base.  There was no open market in the vicinity and even if there was, no one had two hundred day’s wages to buy enough food to feed that many people.  What was the disciple’s solution to the crowd’s hunger?  Send the people away.  I can understand their reasoning, can’t you?  Humanly, that was the only solution.  Make the problem disappear from view.  

We do it every day.  There are things we just can’t fix.  We’ve tried in every way possible but something stays broken.  Someone stays ill.  Provision fails to appear.  What’s the easiest thing to do?  Stop focusing on it and ignore it.  Out of sight, out of mind.

Jesus is filled with compassion by the people’s hunger.  He is also aware that people in physical distress won’t be able to listen to a kingdom message if they are severely distracted by a more pressing pain.  He seeks to alleviate their hunger and turns to Phillip.  “Where shall we buy bread to feed these people?”  This is a test.  He hopes that Phillip will turn and say, “Only you can provide it, Lord.”  Phillip calcuates how many days wages might buy a meager supply but at the end of his problem solving, the situation is still hopeless.  Jesus was, and is, the only answer.

The questions still come.  Can you hear them them in your spirit?

Where will you buy compassion today?  No one has a heart for your struggles.

Where will you buy peace?  Anger is all around you and no one is turning to Jesus.

Where will you buy intimacy?  Your loneliness is making you brittle and withdrawn.

Where will you buy loving intervention?  All you have known is abandonment.

Where will you buy miraculous provision?  You have nothing left to sell.

The questions still live.  The test still lives.  The answer is still the same.

“Jesus, You are my only answer.  I will stop grabbing, manipulating, and despairing.  I will look up with eyes of faith.”

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