Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Test Week - Reliance


Jesus has been teaching and performing miracles. A great crowd of people are following Him (most for the wrong reasons). "When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. " (John 6:5,6 NIV).

Notice the phrase, "...He asked this only to test him...." Jesus often asks us questions to test us. He knows the answer before we give it ("...he already had in mind what he was going to do. ") He wants to see if we know what the correct answer is. As a teacher, I ask my students questions, not because I don't know the answer, but to ascertain if they know the answer.

In this case, Jesus was seeing if the disciples (particularly Philip) would rely on Him. We have seen that God tests our obedience and our trust, He also tests our reliance upon Him. Philip's first response is in the material world. Jesus would show Him the full effect of relying upon God.

Today, step up your reliance upon God. Walk with obedience and trust - because you can rely on Him.

For Kingdom Education,

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