Thursday, May 5, 2011

Where Could We?

Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."

Then His disciples said, "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?"

He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?"

And they said, "Seven, and a few little fish."

So they all ate and were filled... 
Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.

Our Jesus, who said He had nowhere to lay his head, had compassion on those who needed a meal. He didn't want them to leave Him empty and hungry. He was concerned that they might faint on the way.

But of course, there are practical considerations involved.

Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness?
It's the wilderness.
This is no place for the provision of meals.

Where could we get enough money in a recession?
Where could we get enough for our great need?
The economy can't support us.
Our needs are too expansive for this pinched place.

And Jesus asks, "What do you have?"
Practically nothing, Lord.
I have not enough.
I have less than enough for my own -- certainly not enough to share.

Our resources are irrelevant to Him.  
He is where we can get bread in the wilderness.
Water from the Rock.
And when He sees us continuing with Him,
He has compassion on our needs.
He doesn't want to send us away hungry.
He doesn't want us to faint on the way.
Sitting down with Him will feed you
where all your scrambling for food will fail.

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