Logic and the Supernatural

John 6:7 — Philip answered Him, “Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (NIV)

Philip was facing an impossible situation. There were over five thousand hungry people, and Jesus asked him where they could buy food to feed them all. Philip’s response is not uncommon. He reasoned, “We could work for almost a year and still not have enough money to buy everyone even a bite of bread!”

Philip was presented with an opportunity for his faith to grow, but he failed miserably. He’d already witnessed Jesus turn water into wine, and he was there when Jesus healed the invalid at the pool of Bethesda. Even so, he questioned whether Jesus could somehow feed five thousand people, but why? He allowed his logical reasoning to override Jesus’ supernatural ability.

I imagine Philip’s thought process went something like this: “Okay, bread for five thousand costs this much. There are twelve of us, and we can find jobs earning this amount per hour. We’ll be able to work eight to ten hours a day, so that means it will take over eight months for us to earn enough wages to feed everyone!” Philip didn’t leave room in his thought process for Jesus to intervene. Jesus was left out of the equation altogether.

Many people reason themselves out of receiving a miracle. Don’t get me wrong. God gave you a brain, and He expects you to use it. You just have to find a balance between the two. Some people are so heavenly minded they’re no earthly good, but others are so earthly minded they put God in a box.

How do you view the circumstances you are facing today? Like Philip, does your human reasoning leave no room for the supernatural? Perhaps you have swung way over to the other side, and you have become idle while you wait on God to intervene. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you balance your logic and faith.

Luke 12:30 — “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs” (NLT).

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