“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
John 6:9 NIV
This is a familiar story recorded in all four Gospels. We see a mountainside with thousands of people seeking Jesus for what He could give them. Jesus was exhausted after teaching all day. The disciples were concerned that the people would be expecting to eat at the end of the day. How could they feed them?
The need for satisfying their spiritual hunger should have been their highest priority. Jesus wanted them to seek Him for Himself, not for what He could do for them. Like the people gathering on the hillside in Galilee, millions today need the living bread that only Jesus can provide. The disciples’ problem was that they had grossly underestimated their resources. They thought that all they had was five loaves and two fish. What was wrong with that? They had been with the Lord. They had seen miracle after miracle. Did they not understand what Christ could do in this situation?
This simple lunch shows us again that seemingly useless things can become important in Jesus’ hand. He alone is all-sufficient! He wanted His disciples to see that no matter what they had – even the tiniest or most menial thing – if they really gave it to Him, He could use it. Little is much when God is in it.
What does this mean to us? Sometimes we feel like saying, “Lord, you do not understand my need. If you only knew…I have calculated it all out and there are no answers.” God wants to help you. He wants to pour His grace upon you. When Jesus is in charge of a situation, available human resources are irrelevant.
QUESTION: Can you trust God to go beyond meeting your immediate need in order to satisfy your greater spiritual hunger? Surrender your deficiency to Him and begin to appropriate Christ’s power and sufficiency for your life today.