“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards him he said to Philip ,’Where shall be buy bread for these people to eat’?. He asked this only to test him for he already had in mind what he was going to do” John 6:5-6
Jesus is testing his disciples. He already knew what he was going to do. Faith always has to be tested. We have to come to a place where we know that Jesus lives in us so every situation or difficulty we face or are facing right now we know Jesus is right there in the midst of us. He’s testing or proving our faith. Remember because we are in Jesus all our circumstances are in Jesus. Our initial response to our difficulties is so important. Is it one of panic, fear, doubt, dismay or panic or is it one of trust and faith. The word test is the word which means to prove something by fire like to purify metal to get rid of all the impurities. God doesn’t allow difficulties to come into our life to destroy us or discourage us but it's so our faith may grow in Him. Jesus asked Phillip this question to expose any deficiency in His disciple’s faith. This is so important to remember when we face life’s challenges. It's not the time to moan and groan and complain but actually it's time to rejoice in God and thank him for the wonderful opportunity to grow in faith and to trust and to see His hand and faithfulness in the situation. It's vital to develop an attitude of faith and expectancy. In some ways it’s encouraging to see that even his disciples struggled with their faith at times even though they were literally with Jesus and had seen all the miracles and even the dead raised but still struggled.