Matthew 14:16-18 “But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me.”
I marvel at how much we are like the disciples. Many may think that in the presence of Jesus, we might have chosen differently, acted differently, or followed more closely. Yet, their education, culture, and experience gave them little insight into just who was in their presence.
Jesus presented them with a problem and told them to solve it. At first, they sought for Jesus to dismiss them to find their own meals. One might think it selfish on their part, but Jesus had other plans. He said: “…give them ye to eat.”
A great multitude had followed Jesus to hear Him. It was late, and there was no intermission or break for a meal. I can imagine a group of people enraptured with the words of the Savior.
Now, with darkness coming, creature needs came to the forefront. In their preparation, the disciples could only find a lad’s lunch to offer up—a mere pittance for a crowd so great.
We will all run up against a wall when trying to accomplish God’s work in our strength. We look around at what resources are at our disposal and try to formulate a plan. We run it through this way and that hitting a wall of impossibility.
What struck me today was Jesus’ response: “Bring them hither to me.”
I’ve often thought that if I had come to Jesus first, I might not have struggled so with a solution to a difficult problem, situation, or circumstance.
I have my will, character, and resources to offer Jesus. Yet, I hold back from going to my Source of all knowledge and strength. Pride will blind me into thinking I do not need His help, and He would be better served to help someone more in need.
When we truly realize that we can do NOTHING without His wisdom, power, and strength, we can quickly and readily submit to His leadership and guidance by the Holy Spirit.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
We may have but meager bread and fish to bring but, in the hands of our Savior, He can feed a multitude. I may think that what I have to offer is small and insignificant, but this account shows me differently.
Do not let our shortcomings or insufficiencies tells us we can’t. God tells us to give what we have and watch what He can do with it.