Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 22)
We Don't Have Enough!
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, 'This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!' They said to Him, 'We have here only five loaves and two fish.'
Matthew 14:13-17 (NASB)
When King Herod murdered John the Baptist, Jesus retreated from His hopeful fans. Perhaps He needed alone time with God. But His hopeful fans needed Jesus time, so they followed His movements intently - appearing on the threshold of His grief.
Instead of turning them away gently, He healed their infirmities selflessly, placing their suffering before His Own. Because serving their needs was His Life's work. Certainly, their eternal need came first, but He cared for their physical needs, too.
Other than the resurrection of Christ, the feeding of 5000 men (plus kin) is the only miraculous event to be recorded in all four Gospels.* Why? Just to remind us of its wonder? Or is God sharing mighty lessons?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God is speaking about missions work.
When facing hordes of hungry people, the Lord's disciples recommended their dismissal, so all could find food. Instead, Jesus dismissed their advice. Because God's math says not only does five loaves plus two fish equal seven, it says seven equals completeness: the number of divine perfection,** and for them, divine multiplication.
So when you think you don't have enough (money, energy or resources), and someone's need comes at the worst time, or God assigns you to a big job... a miracle awaits your faith walk. Because when impossible meets God in the heart of a believer's faith, the words, 'I don't have' become 'God gives.' And the world marvels at God's great show.
To Be Continued
* The Feeding of the Five Thousand as detailed in each Gospel: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+Matthew+14%3A13-21%2C+Mark+6%3A30-44%2C+Luke+9%3A10-17%2C+John+6%3A1-14&version=NASB
** Bible Numerology: http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefactsandlists/qt/Bible-Numerology.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.