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Philip the Calculator July 16, 2007

Posted by Joe in Quotes.


I figure I can’t go wrong starting the week with a little Tozer. These comments are comical, but at the same time, desperate to be heeded. Here is Tozer commenting on John 6:7.

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” –John 6:7

Here in the New Testament was Philip the Calculator–Philip the Mathematician, Philip the Clerk. There was need for a miracle, and Philip set out to calculate the odds. Probably every Christian group has at least one person with a calculator. I have sat on boards for many years, and rarely is there a board without a Philip the Calculator among its members. When you suggest something, out comes the calculator to prove that it cannot be done….

As I say, I have been sitting on these boards for many years, and there are always two kinds of board members: those who can see the miracle and those who can only see their calculators and their strings of calculations….

The people with the calculators have seen the problem, but they have not seen God. They have figured things out, but they have not figured God in.

Philip the Calculator. He can be a dangerous man in the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Every suggestion made in the direction of progress gets a negative vote from this man.

Now Lar, even if we aren’t one to give a negative response to any God-sized ideas, we might at least be inclined to give a fellow brother a certain kind of look that states the same. Let us ask ourselves: what are we praying and working towards right now that is impossible without God? May the Lord grant us the grace to be men of faith, men who are not afraid to do that which only God can do. May the Lord grant us the grace to, in William Carey’s words, expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. Nothing less is worthy of Him.

Praying big prayers with you,



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