John 6:1-Jesus travels across the Sea of Galilee (in the past it had been called Gennesaret, now Galilee, and later Tiberias, after the city built on its shore by Herod Antipas in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius). A great multitude of people followed Him because of the signs He was performing. It was the time of the year for the celebration of the Passover. Jesus saw that the people who were following Him were hungry. He asked Philip where they could buy food for them. Jesus already knew what He was going to do. But, He took this as an opportunity to present Philip with a “test” (:6)…an opportunity for him to deal with a situation by having faith in Jesus. Andrew spoke up and told Jesus that there was a young boy there who had five loaves of bread and two fish…but that would not be of much good since there were about 5,000 men. Jesus gave thanks for what they had, began to break the bread and fish into pieces and pass it out to the people, and He fed them all. In fact, John says that the people ate “as much as they wanted” (:11). On top of that, there were 12 baskets of bread left over. The people saw this sign (this is the fourth sign that John identifies) and believed that Jesus was the prophet the Old Testament predicted. Jesus realized that they were going to try to take Him by force and make Him a king…so, He quietly slipped away, alone.
When evening came, the disciples got into a boat and headed across the Sea of Galilee towards Capernaum…Jesus was not with them, He not returned from the mountain. As the disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee a storm began to blow. As they were rowing, they looked up and Jesus was walking on the water towards them. They were frightened by what they saw. But Jesus identified Himself and told them to not be afraid. Jesus got into the boat, and immediately they reached their destination.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t think that Philip recognized that You were testing him. He saw the problem…but not the answer. Please help me to see You at work in every area of my life…to recognize that You are always at work and that every situation I encounter is an opportunity for me to trust You. I don’t understand why the disciples left without You in the boat. Please, don’t let me ever attempt to go anywhere, or do anything without You.