“He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” John 6:6; NIV2011
For some reason, lately, the Lord has been speaking to me through obscure scriptures. These are those which would normally be classified as “fly over” or “transition” scriptures. John 6:6 is an example. When you read this, you really want to just fly by and hurry up and get to the miracle. But these transitions are important.
In scripture there many times where God creates a problem, presents it for human intelligence, then, when people are stumped, solves the problem Himself.
He already had in mind what he was going to do.
He wept outside the tomb of His friend, even though He knew He would raise that friend from the dead in minutes. He led the Children of Israel into a cul-de-sac at Pi-Hahiroth, only to deliver them between the walls of the water in the Red Sea. When all hope seems lost, God knew what He was going to do.
There was no way the disciples could feed the masses in their own strength. The Psalmist wrote, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7) The test was: “In impossible circumstances, do you think of what you can do, or what Jesus can do?” Our mind has to be changed, transformed, really (Romans 12:1-2), and set on (Colossians 3:1) the reality that our God saves.
Are you in an impossible situation? It may be a test. Rest assured that Jesus knows exactly what He is going to do.
Will you trust Him? Will you pass the test?