Summary: That’s the lesson, don’t ignore problems and don’t take the easy way out, face your problems with God’s help realizing He knows what He is doing.
Craig Randall drives a garbage truck in Peabody, Massachusetts. In a garbage container one day, he noticed a Wendy’s soft drink cup bearing a contest sticker. Having won a chicken sandwich the week before, Randall checked it, hoping for some french fries or a soft drink.
Instead, he peeled a sticker worth $200,000 toward the construction of a new home, reports “U.S. News and World Report” (11/6/95).
What we get out of life depends a lot on what we look for. Are we more likely to see each experience as trash or a potential treasure? —Bob Weniger, Ft. Collins, Colorado
2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
The Need for foresight
Jesus foresees our problems. He knows not just what we are facing but what we will face.
Phillip was asked to think about solutions, “Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
If our politicians had foresight there wouldn’t be an energy crisis in California.
God foresees our problems
God knows what He is doing
God knows what He will do.
No only does Christ have foresight but He knows what He is going to do.
There is a purpose for our problems.
There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that sand had got under his shell;
Just one little grain, but it gave him much pain,
For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain.
Now, did he berate the working of Fate
Which had led him to such a deplorable state?
Did he curse out the Government, call for an election?
No; as he lay on the shelf, he said to himself,
“If I cannot remove it, I’ll try to improve it.”
So the years rolled by as the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate destiny—stew.
And this small grain of sand which had bothered him so,
Was a beautiful pearl, all richly aglow.
Now this tale has a moral—for isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand;
What couldn’t we do if we’d only begin
With all of the things that get under our skin.
Jesus was testing Philip, what will he do about the problem. Perhaps he wants the disciples to agonize over this situation. Do we agonize about what Jesus wants us to agonize over.
1st choice: ignore problems as long as possible they are overwhelming anyway. The synoptic gospels indicate that the Disciples didn’t do anything all day. They realized they didn’t have the resources so why do anything?