Oh I LOVE a good learning opportunity.
John 6. The feeding of the many. Seeing the crowd, Jesus asks Philip, “Where shall we buy bread that these may eat?“ The narrative continues saying that Jesus already knew what He was going to do; He wanted Philip (and the others) to consider the solution. I love God questions. They aren’t for God. He never misses an opportunity to teach us more of Him. Remember, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3)
Can you imagine the quick eye rolling that took place, the disciples looking at Jesus then to … ALL THOSE PEOPLE! I wonder if Jesus chuckled to Himself. The guys declare it would cost too much to buy for all those hungry folks, yet there is this boy – who has five loaves of bread and two ‘not quite regulation size’ fish. Jesus instructs the disciples to have the people be seated, and then distributes the barley fish sandwiches. After all had been satisfied, Jesus tells the disciples “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
Let nothing be wasted. LOVE IT! Those words ring beautifully in red. If you write in your bibles, underline those words. (John 6:12) Yes, speaking in context to the fish and bread, but I also believe, let no circumstance be wasted. Asking the disciples the question, feeding the many all offered the opportunity to know Him as ‘The Bread of Life.’(v35)
What circumstance are we in right now, what does Jesus want to show us, teach us about Himself. What solution does He want to prove Himself faithful. Oh we may not have to consider being the sole supplier at the next church picnic, but ‘Let nothing be wasted.’
Look, consider and learn.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)