The TEST! How well do we stand up to it?
The TEST! How well do we stand up to it?
Awe, this takes me back to my high school days. Yes, pop quiz's, test to see what I have learned.
We all had to face being hit with a pop quiz in school and still do today.
So what is the lesson here? I wrote about this passage before trying to encourage many that it really doesn't matter have much we have or what the economy is doing because our Lord is Lord over all things, and He can take little and make it grow. In other words, He always will meet our daily needs.
Now I come to another lesson from this these passages, The Test!
Yes I know, for all who reads this note, just like me, will admit, I HATE TESTS!
Especially when it comes for God!
Why you may asked? It tells the truth of where we are in our walk. It reveals that we are not where we need to be and how really human we are.
Yeah, because a lot us of boast and place ourselves on a pedestal because we are a Christian and we are better than anyone else out there! Self righteousness.
So what does God do? He test us. What happens? If you are anything like me, we get thumped and humiliated.
Now I think I set the theme, lets take a look at my passage:
"When Jesus looked up and saw the great crowd coming towards Him, He said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?"
So Jesus questions Philip on where can we buy food to feed these people? This was not a trick question, but it was a test question to see if indeed he had learned anything since Jesus called him to be one of the twelve.
Why do we know this is a test? Scripture plainly tells in the next verse that Jesus only asked the question to test Philip.
Well Philip failed as we see his answer;
Philip answered Him, "It would take almost a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!"
Yep, wrong answer. By now, I think the disciples have been following Jesus for 2 years and seen many different miracles performed and you would think they would have known better by now that "there is nothing impossible for God to do," yet Philip saw the people, 5000 men with their wives and children and probably knowing how much funds they had, knew, from human point of view, they could not feed them.
So what happens next, Andrew comes to the Lord and brings Him a boy who had five barley loaves of bread and two small fishes, just enough to feed his family. Though Andrews heart was heading in the right direction, he also failed the test. Why? Because, just as Philip saw the crown, so did Andrew.
So exactly what is being tested here? Simple, FAITH!
Do you really believe that I can do all things? Do you really believe I am who I said I am? Do you really believe I am the Son of the living God, God in human form? Yes these are the questions you need to asked yourself regarding the Lord.
We know what Jesus did from this point. He took the bread and the small fishes, lifted them up towards His Father and gave thanks for supplying what He needed at this time to feed all the people and after all was done and said, and the people hunger satisfied, twelve baskets were loaded up with what was left over, and as I read it, those baskets were not small.
You see the lesson here is regarding yours and mine faith. It is looking at what is is front of you, that is any situation or crisis we are facing and turning to the Lord and saying, "Lord I don't know what to do in my situation, but I will stand on Your word, knowing that "nothing is impossible to You and for those who love and follow You."
That is right! It is believing that no matter what your situation is or what you see in front of you, God will still meet your daily needs.
Believing as simple as it may seem, really is hard, especially because our eyes and ears deceive us.
Through the gospel, we see this all to often regarding believing and you can feel Jesus frustration with the people as we have read so many times "Oh you of little faith."
When we look at Philips answer to the Lord, it makes you wonder if he listen or was even paying attention to what Jesus was doing. Why? Because if he did, his answer would have been different, but doubt overcame him and he forgot who asked him the question.
Samples of wrong thinking:
"Yeah Lord, we sure can feed these people. With what? We don't even have enough funds to cover our meals, what in the world are you thinking of, Lord!"
"Look at the prices of gas! They are sky rocketing, how in the world am I going to buy food for my family? How am I going to get to work? Everything I have is going into the gas tank!
" I lost my job, I don't know what to do?"
"Lord the economy has gone sour, and I don't have much, but I know that if I keep my eyes focused on You, you will see me through. I know by FAITH, You created the heavens and the earth, just by speaking them into existence. I know that I am a child of Yours and that I can do all things through You because of Your promises." Though things seem dark, You are my light guiding me through these trials, I will stand on Your promise as You said to Jeremiah, " I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper me and not harm me, plans to give me hope and a future."
As I come to a close, the test is regarding our faith. It shows where we are and if you allow doubt to come in, then you, just as I have, will fail the test.
There is so much more I can write about faith and share with many of you some of my life experiences where instead of looking at Jesus, I looked at my situation.
Look at Peter experience as he saw Jesus walking on the water. Peter said to the Lord, "if that is You Lord, command me to come out to meet You." The Lord said come, and Peter jumped out of the boat and started to walk on the water, but when the waves roar and knocked him around, he lost focus and sank and Peter said "save me Lord!" And Jesus lifted him up and asked why did you doubt?
We are no different than Peter, when the seas get rougher and we lose focus, therefore we fail the test!
The good news is that Jesus already knows that we will fail and what does He do? He teaches us where we went wrong and we learn and grow from our failing the test.
Yes test will come in our lives. It is to see what we are learning and where we are as we grow in Jesus. Accept this part of our lives and walk with God, because these test are revealing and will help us grow.
Until the next time, Let Gods peace and comfort be with you. Just stay encouraged and keep believing, because God will never let you down.
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