John 6:5, 6 - God Wants Whatever Youve Got.

John 6:5, 6 (NIV) 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?" 6 He asked this only to test him, for 
he already had in mind what he was going to 


   Do you remember the story of Jesus 
feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread 
and two fish? I think its amazing that, out 
of 5,000 people, only one person brought a 
lunch. Im thinking a lot of people were hiding 
picnic baskets under their robes because they 
didnt want to share with anybody else. 
   But one little boy offered the bread and 
fish he packed for his lunch. He gave Jesus what 
little he had, and God used it not to just feed a 
lot of people but also to show them how much he 
cares and how powerful he is. 
   God always starts with what you have. You 
may not have much time. Your finances may not be 
worth much. You may not think you have much 
   But you can give God everything in your 
life. Give him your heart. Give him your 
reputation. Give him your past, present, and future. It 
may not be much, but you can give him your five 
loaves and two fish. 
   In John 6:5-6 Jesus asks, 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 (NIV). 
   Jesus wasnt worried about how to feed 
5,000 people. He already had in mind what he was 
going to do. He saw the need long before the 
disciples did. And he had a plan. 
   You need to understand this truth today: 
God always has the answer before you even know 
the problem. God is not worried your unsolvable 
problem. Its not too late in the day for Jesus. He 
saw your problem long before you did. He knew it 
was coming, and he already had a plan for it. 
God knows the solution to your problem before 
you even recognize its a problem. 
   So why are you worrying? Just admit you 
have an unsolvable problem, and then give God 
everything you have. Watch him take your loaves and 
fish and turn them into a feast. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   In feeding the five thousand, Jesus lifts 
the veil from the world of nature, and reveals 
the power that is constantly exercised for our 
good. In the production of earth's harvests God is 
working a miracle every day. Through natural 
agencies the same work is accomplished that was 
wrought in the feeding of the multitude. Men prepare 
the soil and sow the seed, but it is the life 
from God that causes the seed to germinate. It is 
God's rain and air and sunshine that cause it to 
put forth, "first the blade, then the ear, after 
that the full corn in the ear." Mark 4:28. It is 
God who is every day feeding millions from 
earth's harvest fields. Men are called upon to 
co-operate with God in the care of the grain and the 
preparation of the loaf, and because of this they lose 
sight of the divine agency. They do not give God 
the glory due unto His holy name. The working of 
His power is ascribed to natural causes or to 
human instrumentality. Man is glorified in place 
of God, and His gracious gifts are perverted to 
selfish uses, and made a curse instead of a 
blessing. God is seeking to change all this. He 
desires that our dull senses shall be quickened to 
discern His merciful kindness and to glorify Him for 
the working of His power. He desires us to 
recognize Him in His gifts, that they may be, as He 
intended, a blessing to us. It was to accomplish this 
purpose that the miracles of Christ were 
   And when we are brought into strait 
places, we are to depend on God. We are to exercise 
wisdom and judgment in every action of life, that 
we may not, by reckless movements, place 
ourselves in trial. We are not to plunge into 
difficulties, neglecting the means God has provided, and 
misusing the faculties He has given us. Christ's 
workers are to obey His instructions implicitly. The 
work is God's, and if we would bless others His 
plans must be followed. Self cannot be made a 
center; self can receive no honor. If we plan 
according to our own ideas, the Lord will leave us to 
our own mistakes. But when, after following His 
directions, we are brought into strait places, He will 
deliver us. We are not to give up in discouragement, 
but in every emergency we are to seek help from 
Him who has infinite resources at His command. 
Often we shall be surrounded with trying 
circumstances, and then, in the fullest confidence, we must 
depend upon God. He will keep every soul that is 
brought into perplexity through trying to keep the 
way of the Lord.  
   The disciples were the channel of 
communication between Christ and the people. This should 
be a great encouragement to His disciples 
today. Christ is the great center, the source of 
all strength. His disciples are to receive their 
supplies from Him. The most intelligent, the most 
spiritually minded, can bestow only as they receive. Of 
themselves they can supply nothing for the needs of the 
soul. We can impart only that which we receive 
from Christ; and we can receive only as we impart 
to others. As we continue imparting, we 
continue to receive; and the more we impart, the more 
we shall receive. Thus we may be constantly 
believing, trusting, receiving, and imparting.  


   The crowd followed Jesus around the Sea 
of Galilee.  The fifteen thousand people (five 
thousand men plus women and children) were hungry.  
Philip and Andrew counted the hungry people, they 
counted the money in their bag, and they counted the 
amount of fish and bread. 
   They did not, however, count on Christ. 
And he was standing right there! Yet the idea of 
soliciting his help did not dawn on them. Even so, 
Jesus went right to work. Jesus took the 
loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed 
them to those who were seated, and as much fish 
as they were wanting, too (John 6:11). The 
impossible task of feeding all these people 
became the unforgettable miracle of all these 
people fed. 
   What we cannot do, Christ does!  The 
problems we face are opportunities for Christ to 
prove this point. Remember, friends, You are never 
alone. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

   Do you face fifteen thousand problems?  
Before you count yourself out, turn and look at the 
One standing next to you!  Christ can help you 
do the impossible.  You simply need to give him 
what you have and watch him work. 
   John 6:11 says, Jesus took the 
loaves  This is the story of the day Jesus fed the 
five thousand men, plus women and children.  He 
didnt have to use the loaves.  He made manna fall 
for the Israelites.  Instead, he chose to use 
the single basket of a small boy. 
   Whats in your basket?  All you have is 
a wimpy prayer?  Give it.  All you have is a 
meager skill?  Use it.  All you have is strength 
for one step?  Take it.  God used three nails 
and a crude cross to redeem humanity.  If God 
can turn a basket into a buffet, dont you 
think he can do something with your five loaves 
and two fishes of faith?  Remember, you are 
never alone. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


John 6:11 - How To Feed The Multitudes.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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