JUNE 30: ON THE OTHER HAND

ON THE OTHER HAND
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"When Jesus had 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?' And He said this to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, 'Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.' One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him, 'There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?' And Jesus said, 'Make the men sit down.' Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples, and to the disciples that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled He said unto His disciples, 'Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.' Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten."
John 6:5-13
Today's Read: John 6; Colossians 3
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It's Andrew who garners my attention in this passage, pulls me in, and presents one thousand possibilities.
While it was Philip who was being asked the question, it was Andrew who jumped in and answered.
Philip could see nothing usable, notable, viable, or workable in this situation;
Hungry masses of people and nothing to feed them.
Irritated and annoyed by the "obvious," Philip contributes the impossibility of the situation and nothing more.
Andrew, on the other hand, at least initially, asserts a "questionable" possibility.
It's so delightfully wonderful that my head nods emphatically,
"There is a lad here which hath five barley loaves; and two small fishes ..."
Yes, Andrew,
  Keep going with it, Andrew!
Keep moving with the possibilities, Andrew!
"But what are they among so many?"
Hmmm ...
Do you hear that, dear friend,
The question mingled with the impossibility and possibility all in one?
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This is life with Christ.
This is life lived as a mortal but with strains of the immortal sounding off within us.
The possiblities are endless in each of our lives, and in every scenario, where Christ is involved and yet we deny Him and rob Him of so much;
Because we see so little.
Most of us are like virtual "Philips" with the resurrected power of Jesus at work within us but with the response,
"Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little."
We shortchange God because we "short range" God.
But once in awhile and, in these almost ungraspable moments, a little strain of thought powered with potential and possiblity, and produced by none other than God Himself, suggests that "just maybe" there's someone bigger at work in this thing, called life, than ourselves.
And we sound a wee bit like Andrew ... maybe?
And we must keep going!
For Andrew's response of five loaves and two fish, we must be grateful.
An inspiration is set forth before us that trickles into our present situation and begs us to explore the possiblities.
 Five loaves, two fishes.
What next ...
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Three Study Considerations:
1) Read the passages and contemplate "your" response to Jesus' question.
Are you a Philip or an Andrew? Why?
2) Record the "impossibilities" in your present situation.
Now record the "possibilities" with God in the mix.
3) Open up God's word and fix your mind steadfastly on the promises laying open before you.
Record them, memorize them, date them.
See what God will do.
See what He will multiply.
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Multiplying Magnificent God, 
For Thy immortal hand so able to multiply in the mortal hand, thanks be to Thee.
For sovereignly suggesting to our little minds and through our constant meanderings, that Thy grace, truth, and might are greater than our comprehensions, we give Thee thanks.
Let us see the five and two ... and more of You.
Let the note of Andrew's faith merge into our own and cause us to see the seed of the possiblity in the thing placed before us.
Forgive our sin scarred, unyielding hard hearts.
Multiply and magnify Thyself to us in this day.
Amen.