“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” … Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.” … Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him,“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?” John 6:6-9
Two of Jesus’ inner circle, two different perspectives. Jesus asks where to buy food. Philip was from Bethsaida, and would have known where to buy supplies. But Philip is pessimistic about the outcome, seeing the crowd and estimating it would take at least half a year’s wages to cover the cost of purchasing food supplies. Andrew, on the other hand, brings forward a young boy with his poor man’s bread and small fishes. He knows its not much, but its something to start with.
When we are faced with a problem, how do we approach it? Are we quick to see insurmountable obstacles like Philip, or do we look for something – anything – that can be done to help close the gap on the need at hand like Andrew? How much more can we offer what little we have to Jesus, and in bringing it to Him, trust that He will do what is necessary.
Let us approach the Lord today with all that we have; it might not be much, but in the hands of Jesus, it is more than enough.
May God bless you.