John 6:9

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

Jesus didn’t merely make bread from a few of the stones (as Satan had tempted Him to do in Lk. 4:3). We only have one example in the Bible where God provided a supply to fill a need (Num. 11:21-23).

This is a common occurrence for a believer. The Lord usually just blesses what we put our hands to accomplish. In this situation, the supplies were completely insufficient, but when the Lord blessed it, there was more than enough.

Jesus didn’t just instruct the disciples, but He also trained them. He was constantly attempting to involve them in these wonders. Just a few days later, Jesus asked His followers once more what they could do to feed the 4,000 people.

It sounded to me as if He was asking, “You missed this question when I asked you how we might feed the five thousand men. There are fewer people now and more food.’ What would you suggest this time?

They forgot about the former wonder and instead acted as if they had never witnessed Jesus feed the multitudes (Mt. 15:32; Mk. 8:1).

If we had waited for God to provide the finances for our church, our church would never have started. We took what we had and put our hands to the work.

However, I have not always learned this lesson. There have been many times I have missed out on the opportunity to see God provide because I waited to start something until I saw the provision first.

We likewise try everything we can in the beginning, then forget God’s supernatural power till all we can do is pray. Many people have missed their opportunity for a miracle because they never took that initial step of faith and utilized what they had.

This youngster was apparently credited with a portion of the wonder for giving what he had. When we are in need, we should seek God’s guidance for something to work on and trust Him to bless and multiply the fruits of our labor.


Pastor Duke

Pastor Duke Taber and his wife Sue pastor Mesquite Worship Center located at 140 Riverside Rd. Ste D. in the Sherwin Williams Building. You can join them Sunday’s at 10:00 AM, 6:00 PM and Wednesday’s at 7:00. Absolutely everyone is welcome and you can come as you are.

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