“And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord’s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether My Word shall come to pass unto thee or not.”
Good morning, giving Christian! The Lord has blessed you with a generous spirit of continual ‘cheerful’ giving. You have sought faithfully to give what you have towards His Kingdom constantly and - as a direct consequence - you are never found wanting in any good thing. Praise God for giving Christians! The Lord God bless you and reward you abundantly!
“But this I (Paul the apostle) say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man/woman according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you…” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
Today’s Journey in John’s Gospel finds Jesus and His disciples faced with the humanly impossible task of physically feeding ‘…a great company…’ of hungry people, who had no doubt travelled far in order to hear Christ Jesus speak. How did the disciples handle such a mammoth task?
The Lord tested Philip’s faith first, and Philip responded as many of us today would naturally respond - he crunched the numbers and, humanly speaking, came to a logical conclusion: “Two hundred pennyworth of bread in not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” (V.7)
Isn’t this just like you and me? We try to handle day to day situations and problems in a similar manner - we immediately apply logical thinking.
The apostle Andrew’s faith was also being tested in this situation, and he responded in a different manner, with a little more Christian faith and a little less human logic: “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes; but what are they among so many?” (V.9)
Andrew was trying to practice more faith, but in the end his logical human mind found it difficult to imagine what the Lord could do with so little provision. Man’s impossibility is God’s opportunity to do the miraculous.
How could the contents of a boy’s lunch meet the great needs of over five thousand tired and hungry people?
Note also at this point that, nothing could have been done to solve the problem of this hungry multitude IF, first, the boy had not been willing to give up his own personal provisions! The boy was willing to share his resources, otherwise no great miracle could begin to be achieved!
Let us therefore ask ourselves the questions: Are we as willing to give of our personal resources that the cause of Christ might be furthered? Is our personal reluctance to share our God-given resources - with worthwhile Christian causes - a very real hindrance to the Lord God Who has given us these resources in the first instance? Sobering thoughts, what?
When the resources - ’…five barley loaves, and two small fishes…’ - were identified by the disciples, and willingly given by the young boy, the Lord’s Divine direction came immediately. ‘And Jesus said, Make the men sit down.’ (V.10)
Without Divine direction and Godly organization we cannot commence any project of charitable giving - we are to be wise stewards of the Lord’s resources. The world is full of money-grabbing con-men, my friends. Be wise!
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test, discern) the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world…Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:1-6)
Five thousand ‘…men sat down…’ in direct obedience to the Lord Jesus’ command. (V.10) Without obedience to the Lord God, no miracle is possible.
Jesus, the Creator Lord God, took materials and recreated them in multiples by His Almighty power. ‘…Five barley loaves, and two small fishes…’ fed five thousand men - AND all the women and children in addition to this number! Hallelujah! Try counterfeiting that one, Mr T.V. Evangelist!
Thought: Gather up these ‘fragments’ of Spiritual wisdom and GIVE as unto the Lord God. You are in partnership with Him, dear friend.