Our church has been doing an emphasis on biblical communities and what we call faith in action. Through this emphasis we have set up mini-mission projects. Little acts of kindness just to show God’s love no strings attached. We also have been going through a 4 week Bible study in our groups. The third week talked about Jesus feeing the 5000. Our group discussion got me thinking. What would you do if you had to feed that many people and didn’t have the resources other than five loaves of bread and two fish? Why is it hard for us to grasp that God doesn’t fit in a box? Why do we try to put boundaries on what He can do? One person asked why the disciples couldn't believe bigger than their circumstances since they walked day by day with Jesus. They witnessed the miracles first hand. But haven't we witnessed even more? Not just with Jesus' death & ressurection but day to day there are miracles that happen. I have seen them myself yet when I find myself in difficult situations I wonder how I will get through. What silly creatures we are! No wonder we are likened to sheep.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
10When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
12Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, "Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here."
13He replied, "You give them something to eat."
They answered, "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd." 14(About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each." 15The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. 16Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. 17They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Did you get that last part? They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 baskets full of left overs!!!
We ask God for enough without realizing He has already given more than enough. We have lost our perspective & we lack God’s vision. We walk around with blinders on only seeing our circumstances. Our perspective is focusing on the limits to our situation. What we forget time after time is that God is limitless. His power is unlimited and His wisdom and knowledge is not our own.