John 6:5-6 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, 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 is the account of Jesus feeding the multitude with 5 loaves and two fishes. Jesus asked Philip from whence should they buy bread in order to prove what was in Philip’s heart. Prove means to examine, to test. To see if someone has a particular quality or ability. To show oneself worthy or capable.
Sometimes God will bring us into situations that are bigger than us or that is greater than the resources we have available to see how we will respond; God already knowing beforehand the resources he has already prepared for us when we need them. Jesus already knew how he would provide for the multitude but wanted to see if Philip would respond out of his natural, carnal understanding or if he would respond mixing faith with his response. God promises to meet our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus and this is done by us mixing our faith with the promise.
Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with planning and budgeting. We are to use wisdom and make wise decisions. Living by faith doesn’t mean that you throw all caution to the wind but it does mean that we don’t try to figure everything out and handle everything on our own and not allow room for God to move or for faith to work. So understand that if God directs you to do something that is greater than you, know that he is not expecting you to do it on your own or to provide for yourself but he is giving you the opportunity to use faith and to experience him in a greater depth. We also see in these scriptures that God doesn’t just meet the need, but that he is the God of abundance. They had more leftovers than what they had when they began.
Let’s not just focus on the natural but let’s walk in the new identity, the new creatures that God has created us to be; a people in covenant with their God, a people who walk in faith, and do great exploits. Let’s be a people of faith who will experience the outpouring of God’s glory and blessing because we trust him!