In the Book of John, the first few verses of chapter six, the Apostle John described the prelude to the feeding of the five thousand. He explained Jesus had eluded the crowds and was resting with His disciples. However, the crowds discovered where He was and were heading toward Him. Jesus saw them coming and He knew He was going to feed them for He had compassion on them.
As a test, He asked Philip where they would buy bread to feed these people. Now Philip was not unaccustomed to witnessing the miracles of the Lord. One would think after having witnessed the miracles, the healings and the words of life that came from Christ, his natural response would be to affirm he knew Jesus had everything under control. Instead, Philip spoke from what he saw and he saw they did not have enough money to buy bread for all these people.
The Apostle Paul wrote that God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine (Eph 3:20). We have seen God work miracles in our lives and the lives of our Christian brothers. Yet, how often when we pray, do we limit God to the resources we see at hand? or we see the problem larger than we see God? We become just like Peter, who, when walking on the water was distracted by the storm around him (Mat 14:28-33). He sank because he was trusting in what he saw and not in who was in control.
Philip failed the test but Andrew brought what he found to Christ: a young boy with a little bread and a little fish. Christ used these small items to feed a multitude of people. But the fact of the matter is Christ did not need this as He is the same One who created the earth and the heavens out of nothing. The people were fed and there was much left over.
The next time we are faced with trying circumstances, whether they be financial, physical, relational or even persecution, we can choose to be distracted by the problem and our lack of resources or we can bring the little we have to Christ. Knowing this: He already knows what He is going to to and He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine.