‘But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.’ This statement as recorded in the book of John 6 verse 6 is not about a master trying to show how weak and seemingly helpless his followers are so that he could prove some super power to them at the time a lot of people needed proofs from him regarding his divine identity.
He spoke as someone who wanted his followers to be focused on solutions rather than looking at the challenges ahead of them. Jesus obviously knew ahead of that time what he could say and it was clearly stated that he wanted to test him. It was a test of his thoughts and spiritual intellect as far as I am concerned because Jesus was not expecting him to be making physical calculations for the problems on ground. In the following verses this disciple went on to tell Jesus how much would not be enough to feed them because of their population. Another disciple said there was a token with a young boy what that was not going to be enough. When I read the exact statement of the disciple which was, ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’ it was like saying this stuff here looks like the solution to the challenge we have on ground but it still does not look big enough to be the solution!
I can imagine how Jesus was looking at them in that situation because they still did not get what Jesus was trying to teach them. The problem was not the availability of what to offer the crowd but how the disciples perceived that they did not have the solution and that what they had that seemed relevant could not be the solution! They were standing right in front of the solution but they thought they still did not have the solution! How many times do we as Christians, or as true children of God, (because the word Christian has been bastardized) stand right in the middle of the solution and we are saying to God that there is no solution?
According to His word, Jesus himself knew what to do so it was not about what anybody was thinking. I have to tell you that Jesus knows what to do in your situation but he is still going to ask you some thought provoking questions and your answers can either delay or hasten the solution that you require. While one disciple did not even see a solution at all in that passage, the other one saw the solution but he said, this is too small to be the solution. When God shows you what the solution to your challenges are, don’t argue with him on the perceived size and capacity of the solution.
God knows what to do in your marriage, business, academics, professional carrier, community, nation or even your continent as a whole but the solution is sometimes preceded by a ‘thought test’ as we have seen in John 6 verse 6. You need to stop trying to reason out everything that God can do with you or will do for you by your intellectual capacity because your small brain or even anyone’s big head cannot logically explain the moves of God. It’s so amazing to see that all we need to do is to believe that God can do something without trying to reason out how and he will step in to present the solution leaving us to marvel at the details of the provision! According to His word, He himself knows what to do so don’t limit him in your professional analysis.