Lenten Devotional for March 4th

SCRIPTURE John 6:5-9

“When [Jesus] looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?’ He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ “


REFLECTION

I am pretty good at worrying. So when I read this passage, I empathized with Philip and Andrew. How are we going to make this work?! That is a feeling that I understand. It’s also what makes me appreciate this story in the Bible. Even though Philip and Andrew were worried and skeptical naysayers, Jesus still filled his people’s needs. 

I also like that there’s a strong message that rewards taking the first step. While Philip was busy identifying the issues, Andrew took an initial step and said, “Here’s one idea.” To me, it’s a bit of the concept that Jesus will meet you where you are. He does not penalize Philip for worrying, but he celebrates Andrew’s offer and turns it into an abundance. 

I like remembering that Jesus is there for everyone, regardless of their own doubts. We will be tested. We will worry. We will come up short. And that’s okay because Jesus will help us. 

WRITTEN BY Missy Logan

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