Feeding the Multitude: That’s What God Does

13 Feb

Ever feel like you just can’t see a way for something to come about? I sure do. I have dreams and passions that often get doused by doubt. I believe things will all come together and then I start pondering the situation and fear creeps in. The truth is in my human hands, things won’t get very far. Sure I have to try, I have to put forth the effort. But the main thing I must do is give it to God. If he inspires the dream, he’ll provide the means. I was reminded of the story of feeding the multitude in John over the weekend.

John 6:5-15

New International Version (NIV)

 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages[a] to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

It got me thinking, that’s what God does with my meagle means. That’s my small talent, my little paycheck, my future and he multiples it to feel the need. You see Jesus didn’t need a ton of money to make things happen. He only needed a little boy who selflessly gave his lunch away to him. In a sermon by Banning Liebscher, Director of Jesus Culture, he states the point that Jesus didn’t even need the entire lunch. It would have been no more amazing for Jesus to use one fish or one loaf. But he required ALL that the boy had. Why are we so scared to let go and let God do his thing? God is firstly, requiring you to submit your entire dream to him. He’s requiring you to give him entire reign over your life and for you to trust him. That’s pretty deep.

Sometimes we think well I’ve waited this long and nothing has happened yet. Well I get the same way with popcorn. I think out of the three minutes it suppose to take for this to pop, 2 minutes has already gone by: nothing. Then it starts pushing 2:30 and you hear one pop. Come on already you ain’t got much longer?!? Then it all unfolds and everything is buttery and good like it should be. You see time may be going by and you think it should be popping by now and time is gonna run out. But God has this. He can make it all pop at the right time. We just have to trust, and that’s not an easy task. Even the disciples dealt with continual doubt and they walked and talked WITH Jesus. In fact they doubted the second time Jesus fed the multitude. You would think, “Geesh guys, didn’t you read a few chapters back? He did that once, I’m sure he can do it again.” Yet, we deal with that all the time. I know I do. God solves things and then another worry hits and I think oh no. But the same Jesus who fed the multitude is over your life. He has your back. You have to submit your all to him and let him work out the details. Pray over it, then let him do his thing. Remember, if he inspires the dream, he’ll provide the means.

 

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