Joh 6:5-7, 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”
Jesus has a multitude coming to Him, they are hungry and He sees an opportunity to perform a miracle especially to build His disciples’ faith. He therefore poses a question to Philip “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He made these peoples problem to be His and the disciples. And posing the question was not to seek men’s input and answers but to demonstrate the impossibility for men. Philip perhaps knowing what was in treasury (money bag) had a response, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.”
What is the common reaction to crisis? Like Philip we begin to look at our resources and calculate our ways and means of solving the problem. At that point we are not thinking of God solution but man solution. The problem is, the math just doesn’t add up. The sooner we realize that the problem is a test to see how we go about it, the faster we can respond the right way, pray. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. That is our declaration of dependence.