Day 11 John 6:1-35
Today’s reading is John 6:1-35
Jesus has a large group of people following him around and are interested in his healing miracles. Jesus already knows that he is going to perform a miracle, but he wants Philip to grow his faith as well and so he asks him where the nearest Walmart is so they can purchase food. (just kidding!…making sure everyone is awake !!) Anyways, I find it interesting that Philip has had a front seat to all of Jesus’s miracles yet when he is presented with a “problem” (too many people and no food in sight) he tries to come up with a human response. (see verse 7)
Question: Why do you think Jesus asked Philip about where they could purchase food?
Chapter 6 continues with the story of the young boy who shares 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish; of course Jesus uses this offering to feed 5,000 men, and the accompanying women and children. I love verse 13. There were leftovers. Let that sink in. Jesus met over 5,000 people’s needs that day, and still gave them more than they needed. He provided an abundance for the people. I think having leftover food in that day was a big deal, a true blessing and an answered prayer for many people at the gathering.
Question: I wonder how often Jesus is waiting to do a miracle in our lives and provide more than we even ask for, and we don’t even give Him the chance? We “fix it” by ourselves. Does anybody want to share about a time when they received more than they asked for from God?
In verses 16-21, Jesus walks on water. My Bible commentary says it was a 3 ½ mile walk. WOW!! Then He calms the storm. Love this!!! I still am confused that the disciples keep seeing Jesus perform miracles yet are shocked when He displays His Glory, (just say’n :O ) Then again, it seems like lots of believers–and I include me in that group, who often have a short memory about God providing for us. I think that is one of Satan’s tactics, to always try and plant doubt in our minds about the power of God.
Today’s reading finishes up with Jesus teaching that He is the True Bread from Heaven. “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. “ (v. 35) More on this passage tomorrow!
Application/prayer: Dear Lord , you have often given me a front seat to your miracles—yet I’m so like the disciples, I somehow think you are confined to human limits. Please open my eyes and grow my faith to believe anything is possible with You. I am so thankful for the contentment and peace I have from following You, I am satisfied and know when I get “hungry”, I need to get back into your Word. Thank you for this beautiful scripture of Your constant provision.