Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the miraculous signs he had performed on the sick. Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. The Jewish Passover Feast was near.
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?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. John 6:1-6
God always has a plan. Always has a provision. Always makes the way.
Nothing is impossible for God.
All things are possible for God.
God has all the details of our lives and the world in hand.
Jesus asked the disciples to feed the crowd, but he already had in mind what he was going to do. He was teaching the disciples a lesson in faith and the power of God.
Philip answered him, “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:7-8
Jesus had a plan. He already had it worked out, in the boys lunch box. In times when Jesus is calling us to accomplish the impossible he isnt asking us to naturally accomplish what only HE can do. He is asking us to align ourselves with him and his power and provision and plan. It is not by our might or our power our our natural ability but by the power of the Holy Spirit that anything miraculous and supernatural can occur. We do not possess the natural resources for miracles. Jesus is the miracle worker. He has a plan.
We can see this played out also in Ezra 1.
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing:
“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
” ‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Anyone of his people among you—may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’ “
Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. Ezra 1:1-6
First we see the heart of Cyrus, a heathen king, being moved by God.
Then the people are moved to return and build in Jerusalem.
and the staying people are moved to give and provide for those going.
God had a plan. A plan that may have seemed impossible on paper. But all things are possible iwth God. God moves the hearts of kings and stirs the spirits of people to do his will and carry out his plans. He moves and prepares and provides.
We can be confident that if he calls that he will equip and empower and provide whatever we need, be it resource or wisdom or compassion or the right words or power.