Comfort and Hope


Jesus was ministering to a great multitude when the people began getting hungry. He took Philip aside and asked him an important question. “He said to Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? He said this to prove Philip, for He Himself knew what He would do. (John 6:5-6)

He was saying, Philip, these thousands of people are hungry. How are we going to feed them? What do you think we should do? Yet, He was trying to teach Philip something important. The lesson He wanted to impart has great significance to us today.

Right now the world is teetering, verging on disaster as at no other time in history. The present upheavel comes at a time when Christians everywhere are facing trials as never before. Multitudes sit up half the night trying to figure out their problems: “Maybe we should do this or that~Maybe this will work~Maybe this will solve it~no, that won’t work either. What am I going to do?”

The disciples didn’t just have a bread problem. They had a bakery problem, a money problem, a distribution problem, a transportation problem and a time problem. All added up, they had problems they couldn’t even imagine. Their situation was absolutely impossible.

Consider this Beloved; In the midst of your imposible situation, Jesus comes to you asking, “What are you going to do about this?” He knows exactly what He is going to do. He has a plan. He also wants to know how you, His servant, will face your difficulties.

Philips response and ours should be: “Jesus, You are God. Nothing is impossible with you. So I am giving this problem to You. It is no longer mine but Yours.”

Jesus has given us powerful words of comfort and hope for such a time of crisis. We are to remind ourselves of these thruths as we face our time of great need.

Remember, God is power and he is also compassion.

“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continues with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” (Matthew 15:32)

He is telling every generation, “I will do more for My people than heal them. I’m going to make sure they hae enough bread to eat. I’m concerned about everything concerning their lives. I want you to realize I am more than just power. I am also compassion. If you see Me only as a healer or a miracle worker, you will only fear Me. But if you also see Me as compassionate, a giver of good gifts, you will love Me and trust My Word.”

I write this to those who are on the brink of exhaustion, about to faint, overwhelmed by your present situation. You have been a faithful servant, feeding others, confident that God can do the impossible for His people. Yet you  have lingering doubts about God’s willingness to intervene in your present struggle.

Think of those whom you have given words of faith and hope, people facing seemingly hopeless situations. You urged them, Hang On! God is a miracle working God and His promises are true. Don’t lose hope, He hears your cry.

God’s question to us is, “Do you believe I can work a miracle for you? Not just one miracle, but a miracle for every crisis, every situation we face.

As you face your present difficulty, do you really believe the Lord will work it out? Do you trust He will work a miracle for you in a way you cannot conceive?

That’s the question Jesus was asking Philip. A question that demands real faith ~ the kind of faith that quiets the heart and causes wars to cease. Only that kind of faith will assure us we can rest in the Father’s care, trusting Him to come through for us in His way and time.

Where are you finding your comfort and hope?

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