Natural or Supernatural?

John 6:5-9 WEB

Jesus therefore lifting up his eyes, and seeing that a great multitude was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” [6] This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. [7] Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that everyone of them may receive a little.” [8] One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, [9] “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these among so many?”


Jesus tests the disciples by asking a difficult question. He asks where to get bread for the great multitude. One of his disciples, Phillip, responded by looking at their lack and questioning Jesus. Phillip’s first thought was money to solve the problem. In contrast, Andrew looked at their resources before questioning Jesus. It is not great that Andrew questioned Jesus, but it is great that he viewed Jesus as the one who could solve the problem.

How often do we have enormous challenges and ask God for little solutions? We ask for natural solutions when what we need is supernatural intervention. Andrew did something different, he looked to Jesus for a solution. Andrew brought what they had instead of focusing on what they did not have.

Andrew’s response was blessed. Jesus took the fish and loaves that Andrew showed him and miraculously served the large crowd.  On the other hand, Phillip’s response was not blessed. Jesus did not tell Phillip how to get money. Instead, he taught the disciples how to rely on God rather than resources when challenged.


Lord Jesus, please help me look to you first when I face challenges in my life. Help me recognize that I need your input in all the decisions I make. And please, give me wisdom to either act or wait according to your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

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