‘My God shall supply all your need…’ Philippians 4:19 NKJV
Are you afraid you won’t have enough to meet your needs? Let’s read the story of the feeding of the 5000 and observe three things about the disciples. First, they tried to escape the problem. They told Jesus, ‘Send them away, that they may go…and buy themselves bread.’ (Mark 6:36 NKJV) But He said no. Jesus understood that you grow by dealing with problems, not avoiding them. Your faith increases only as you place a demand on it. Lazy, inactive faith will fail you in the hour of need, so you must feed on God’s Word and exercise your faith regularly. Secondly, the disciples thought what they had wasn’t enough: ‘There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?’ (John 6:9 NKJV) God will ask you to look at what you’ve got because even though it doesn’t look like much, when you factor Him in, it’ll be more than enough to meet the need. In the disciples’ hands it was just lunch for one, but in Christ’s hands it became dinner for 5000. So put what you have into God’s hands and let Him work. Thirdly, only when the disciples obeyed His plan was their need met. When you ask God for a miracle He will often give you a plan with a set of instructions. At that point your obedience sets the timer, activates the plan and determines the results. With God, there’s no lack and no limit. When it was over, ‘…they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fish.’ (Mark 6:43 NKJV) Don’t worry, you will have enough!
SoulFood: Amos 1:1-5:17, Matt 20:17-28, Ps 119:137-144, Pr 18:22-24
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011