Not Enough 5/6/20

“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?” (John 6:9)

A crowd of five thousand had gathered to hear Jesus teach and to see His miracles. The crowd needed to be fed. Jesus asked His disciples what they thought they should do to feed this crowd. They were at a loss. How could they possibly feed this many people? The only one with any food was a boy with five barley loaves (barley was the cheapest grain that only the poor ate; a barley loaf was about the size of a Twinkie) and two small fishes. “But what are they among so many?”

Jesus knew what He was going to do. He took that meager amount of food, blessed it, and not only fed the entire crowd, but the fragments of left overs filled twelve baskets. That meager amount was enough for Jesus.

How often do we read, “With men this is impossible, but with God nothing is impossible”? Whether it is a shepherd boy killing a giant in battle, a Gideon with three hundred men defeating an enemy army, Abraham and Sarah having a baby in their old age (100 and 90!), or someone dead in their sins being saved and born again, God is not limited by our understanding of what is possible. He is not limited by how much we think is required to be successful.

The wisdom of man is foolishness to God. God’s wisdom seems like foolishness to man. But God’s wisdom always prevails. God is always able to accomplish His will. When we look at circumstances, when we hear the fear of men, when we hear the “wisdom” of the experts, we must remember that God always has the last word.

This doesn’t mean that we are to be foolish and unthinking in our actions. It does mean that the eyes of the flesh are not able to see what the eyes of faith behold. Following God leads us down the path of self-denial and humility. It sometimes is a path of suffering. But we look ahead to that marvelous day when we shall hear God say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” Amen.

Pastor Mike

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