Day 6 of the Generosity Journey (Started on June 9, 2012 with “First Things First”)
Start with this passage: “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’ Jesus responded, ‘Have the people sit down.'” (John 6:9)
Little is much with our Lord. People may require or think you have much for a miracle to happen – but God sees it differently. He knows what He can do. Little is much.
Jesus had been teaching thousands of people in a deserted place outside of town. It had gone late, well past supper time, and no one had left or departed. Side note: No one had left or departed (let it sink in). People were getting hungry. Jesus instructed His disciples to feed the people. They looked down into their empty money bags and notified Jesus that there wasn’t enough money to purchase food for everyone. And even if they did have the amount, they weren’t close to town.
With limited options, Andrew spoke up and said there was a little boy who had come forward and wanted to give Jesus all the food he had to help in this need. The 5 loaves and 2 fishes are probably what his mother packed for him before he journeyed to see the Lord. The little boy wanted to be a part of the big crowd passing by his home.
Jesus took what the little boy spontaneously offered, gave thanks for it, and multiplied it. He then gave it to the disciples in order to feed thousands of people.
The disciples were professing believers but practiced having little faith and belief in God – the One Who can take little and yield far more. The little boy, on the other hand, had complete confidence this miracle-working Jesus could take whatever he gave and multiply it to miraculously help others. That’s how I read this widely known passage.
People think their gifts and offerings to God can’t and won’t be used by Him. Yet, God reduces this, over and over, to rubble. He confounds the wise and challenges everyone to “trust Him.” Remember, little is much.
It is good to be reminded (even over and over again) that no matter how impossible some situations seem to be, if we offer whatever we have to our great God, He can take it and use it to pour out a blessing that cannot be contained. Today, would you simply pray and trust the Holy Spirit in this? Ask Him for wisdom and truth. Seek His heart and allow Him to guide you.
You will surprised at what He can, and will, do.