John 6:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
6 Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
Jesus looked up, saw a great crowd coming towards him, and posed a teaching question to Philip. He asked, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He already knew the answer of course. He wanted Phillip to learn. To me this question demonstrates that Jesus is already in the zone. He is in a trustful state of mind, even before the crowd appeared. There is no question in his mind that there will be enough food. This is the state of mind I would like to emulate.
They say there are no coincidences in life. If something is provided to us at just the right minute it is divine intervention. It is the Holy Spirit working in our life. It is Jesus watching over us. Some people would say the cosmos or an energy life force is moving around us. Use whatever explanation you are comfortable with. I go for the Holy Spirit explanation.
Here is a great example. How is it that I have been assigned this particular Bible verse just one day after I found out that I owe the exact same amount in taxes as my next garden design pay check is going to be? If I stayed in the zone like Jesus, I wouldn’t have stressed about the tax bill. The loaves and fishes are working in our lives, all we need to do is trust in the Lord and stay in that zone!
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for providing. I celebrate your active participation in my life and I aim to acknowledge you and celebrate your power in me. Let me pass on the glory of you in all my interactions; at work, with my neighbors, and with those in need.