Thursday, March 12, 2009
A Little Is A Lot In the Hands of God
Matthew 14:19-21 "And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children."
Of all the miracles of Jesus, this is the only one recorded in all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John). And what a miracle it was. There were thousands that had followed Jesus to hear what he had to say, and it was then time to eat...but nothing to eat except 2 little fish and 5 loaves of bread. To any of us holding this meager meal, one would look at it and suppose an impossible situation. But in the hands of Jesus, the impossible becomes possible, the hopeless becomes miraculous, the natural becomes supernatural.
A closer look at this passage reveals 3 things that can help us to understand and connect to that same mind-blowing power of God. The verses show that Jesus blessed, He broke, and He gave. He blessed, or gave thanks for the little that He had. We are sometimes so busy wishing and waiting for more, that we forget to thank God for what we already have. He broke the bread. Some may have been so careful with the bread because it was so limited, that they would have been afraid to break it. No matter how little what you have may seem, don't be afraid to use it; your time, your talents, or simply YOU. And finally, the bible says Jesus gave. He could have kept it all for Himself, but instead He gave. We must overcome our fears and doubts, have faith in God that it is He who will provide for our needs, and give no matter how little it may be.
If you think about it, Jesus was, well...a little. He came as a little baby, grew up in a little town, had little that was special about him by the measures of man. But in the hands of God on Calvary, He became a whole lot. There a carpenter became a savior, a lamb became a lion, a servant became a king.
After you read this, go look in a mirror. You might see what is by some measure little compared to others or the standards of this world. But God sees His child, His creation. You remind yourself that A Little Is A Lot in the Hands of God!!