When Jesus finishes teaching his Sermon on the Mount, He asks His disciples to feed the crowd. Understandably, the disciples balk at the idea of feeding 5000+ people with food and money that they simply don’t have. Jesus’ response? Let’s take a look.
Jesus asks the disciples to bring forth what they had – nothing. The disciples needed to see that they didn’t have anything to give that would help the situation.
I often need to see that I don’t have the answers, that I am not the one who provides, and that I can’t do it by myself. I need help. I need a Savior.
Jesus then asks the disciples to see what food they could find in the crowd – 5 loaves and 2 fish. “Great” thought the disciples, not only is this not enough, its an embarrassingly little amount to bring before Jesus. He is probably going to chastise them for their unbelief, or mock them for their foolishness, but is this what Jesus responds with? No.
Jesus is pleased with what is provided.
Hear that. Jesus is pleased with the ridiculously small offering that was given to him, and proceeds to give thanks for it.
See what Jesus has done here? The disciples now know that there is nothing in themselves, or around them, that can be used to fix the circumstances. 5000+ people needed to eat, and the remedy? Give thanks for what you have, sit down, and look at me, says Jesus.
It seems that sometimes the best thing that I can do is see that I am incapable of fixing my circumstances, and watch the salvation of the Lord. Moses commanded the Israelites as such when they were stuck between the Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea.
“Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.'” – Exodus 14:13-14
Therefore I can be thankful that I don’t have all the answers, but that I know the One who does. The question is, when I find the nothingness inside and around me, am I willing to sit and look to Jesus? Will I force myself to stop striving, sit down, and fix my gaze on Him who died for me? How else will I see the salvation of the LORD?
We all know how the story ends. The miracle happens, 5000+ are fed, and the disciples are gifted with baskets of leftovers. When times are tough, I need to sit, watch, and receive of the LORD. I need to watch the Miraculous One, instead of trying to create a miracle.