Matthew 14:15-17 “And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 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.”
As armchair observers to the lives of those we read in the scriptures, we can apply wisdom given us through the Word of God they did not have available or so easily searchable. We offer our view of how we would handle situations presented them with the tools we now have.
Computer programs that contain the Word of God in every language. We are capable of researching the original texts of Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldean. We can search where in scripture a single word appears and look up its intended meaning in its written context.
But for all the tools and ease with which we have available to us, we fail miserably to just think and meditate on the scripture in communion with the Holy Spirit, our Teacher.
John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Imagining thousands of people enraptured by the Savior’s discourse that day must have been quite a sight. Then, to hear Jesus tell His disciples to feed them caused them great consternation.
Humanly speaking, what the disciples were asked to do was impossible. All they saw was a little lad’s lunch, given by faith to share with the multitude. Yet, Jesus wanted them to understand that with God, all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
Often, we fail because we are so like the disciples. We are commanded to do something for which we feel wholly unqualified and totally inadequate. We cannot see our way through or around the situation or circumstances. Yet, we read of miracle after miracle where God has and will take over and reveal His power, love, and mercy.
The key to all this?
At His word, the disciples cast their net after an all-night fishing trip of catching nothing, only to see a catch more than their nets could hold.
Peter was the only disciple who had faith enough who, when they saw Jesus walking on water to them, asked if he could join Him where He was. We judge Peter for his lack of faith to make it to Jesus. What of the others? Not one had faith enough to ask, let alone step out on the water.
The disciples saw more miracles performed than many of us will see in a lifetime. They were told over and over that it was all rooted in faith. It was this massive mountain of faith that got it done. Jesus said it only takes a mustard seed-sized faith to move mountains.
Matthew 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
What little we bring to God can be made to move mountains. Those mountains are physical, financial, emotional, relational, spiritual, and personal.
Satan uses our lack of faith against us to get us to doubt that God can do a thing.
Peter’s lack of faith brought doubt that caused him to sink while walking on water.
Matthew 14:30-31 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Had he kept his eyes on Jesus, we feel assured he would have made the trek to Jesus on the water. But think about it – had Peter kept his gaze on Christ, yet doubted in his heart, he would have sunk anyway. Peter’s faith was what was in question.
Every day we are presented with opportunities to trust God to do what we deem “impossible.” But, a lad gave his lunch, and faith the size of a mustard seed saw thousands fed.
Little is much when God is in it.
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown, and you can win it.
If you go in Jesus’ name.