The other day my Bible class had to memorize and write John 6:5,6. It says, “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Phillip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him, for he himself knew what he would do.”
This portion of Scripture leads up to the feeding of the five thousand. I find the statement, “And this he said to prove him” interesting. This is a test! As I spoke with the students, we talked about math tests, English tests, science tests, etc. We do not have to be in a class to be faced with a test, especially a test of faith. Isn’t that what this Scripture is teaching us? Phillip looked at the circumstances and said, “Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient.” Maybe a car accident, a family struggle, or health problems have you questioning yourself or even God. Have you ever been put to the test and looked at the circumstances and said “I can’t”? You’re right, we can’t!
Every trial we face is for a purpose. Trials do not come by accident; there are no accidents with God. They are arranged by the Lord to test our faith. How often do we lay out our plans and try to solve the problems without taking God into consideration? Everything in this life has a spiritual purpose. God loves us and wants us to LEARN to trust him. If we will LEARN this lesson, we can PASS the next TEST.