“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)
We’ve all heard the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a little bit of fish. The number of people Jesus fed was actually much greater than what was recorded. At the time they did not count the women and children, but that didn’t stop Jesus from providing for their hunger as well.
Imagine being one of His disciples and holding out the loaves of bread and fish that are described in the Bible as “small.” Imagine looking out at the crowd and being overwhelmed by the great number of people in need of something to eat. In any sane person’s mind, there simply wouldn’t be enough to fill the stomachs of the hungry people.
When taking in the context of the situation it seems like Andrew, the disciple who questioned if they had enough, had made a sound judgment in answering Jesus. However, there was an even greater context the consider. Luke tells the same story in Luke 9:10-17. In chapter 8 of Luke, Jesus raised a girl from the dead. The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles. They had watched Him do the impossible over and over again. Wouldn’t feeding the people be a small task for the amazing Son of God?
Remember that God doesn’t require us to be able to meet every need. He only requires us to give what we have, no matter how small, so that He can multiply it and do the impossible.
What has God asked you to do with what little you have? Is there something that the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to do, but you don’t feel good enough, or properly equipped to really make a difference?
Be encouraged by this miraculous and true story. If Jesus is the One using what you have to give, there is no limit to what He can do. Are you willing to give the little that you have for His purpose?
~PASTOR SUSAN BOSCH