The God of Multiplication Series
When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” He said this to test him, because he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little (bit).” John 6:5-7
How big and large is the problem? Who is concerned? What is the concern? How much extent does this problem go? How strong is the storm in your house? How deep is your neck in the flood? What does it take to overcome the mountain?
Philip defined the problem at hand. He had words for the abounding task they are facing. He described the monumental crisis confronting Jesus and His disciples. And as Philip defined the problem, there was acceptance in his speech that this dilemma is beyond man’s capability- wages worth of two hundred days of labor for each needed at this instant? Which is why Philip had to reply this to Jesus. Because he knew, as earthly beings, only Someone from above can work this out. He knew that the problem is impossible for man to solve, but is possible only with God.
I call it The Philip Factor. God’s operation of multiplication starts when we spread the whole and complete picture of the problem to Him. When we claim that He alone has the power to see us through the present predicament. We come to Him with our problems and He comes to us with His solutions. Allowing God to be God and allowing man to be man. Know that God always has a rescue plan in place, but when we define the problem to Him and accept that He alone can provide an answer we are acknowledging that God is God.
When you have a big problem, always remember – you have a big God.