Have you ever been faced with a situation that just seemed too big to wrap your arms around? A situation that left you feeling helpless or hopeless? If so, you are not alone. Jesus’ 12 apostles had just been out doing amazing works for the Kingdom of God. They were preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, freeing people of demonic possession, and walking in the ways that Jesus had taught them to go. When their journey had ended, they came back in full excitement sharing with Jesus all the things they had done (see Luke 9:10). Being at an all-time high, they were quickly brought down when they were faced with a dilemma that seemed too big for them to handle.
On this particular day as evening had begun to draw near, the apostles thought it would be a good idea to send the multitude of people away, that were following and being taught by Jesus. They thought this would be best, so the people could find something to eat and a place to sleep. But Jesus had another idea in mind…
But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people. For there were about five thousand men. Luke 9:13-14a NKJV
When we are faced with situations that seem impossible to handle, like the apostles, we forget all of the amazing things that God has already done. We allow life’s challenges to tell us that God is not great enough nor bigger enough to bring forth victory in issues or circumstances that seem too difficult to handle. Did you know that when we worry and doubt that we tell God that He is not able to handle what we are up against? Even though we don’t say this with our words, it spills out in our lives through disbelief that appears in our lives.
Maybe you’re battling an issue at work, a problem at home, struggles in your finances, or even fighting against a major health problem. These kinds of dilemmas make us feel less than qualified to take on the tasks and hurdles that have manifested in our lives. We see them as immovable and impossible walls that just cannot be scaled. In this very passage, the apostles were feeling the exact same way. After being given the power and authority over demons and disease, (see Luke 9:1) they began to feel powerless with no way to fulfill the request of Jesus to feed 5,000 people.
When Jesus presented this request, He knew before they even responded that this was a tall order for them to fulfill on their own. Did you know that Jesus will allow us to be put in what seems like unreasonable situations just to see what we will do? Will we: have a major melt down? lose our cool and go off? take matters into our own hands? run away in fear? run to our friends about it?
Will we take our problems and hurts to our Father in Heaven, and ask Him for His guidance and provision?
Jesus knew what they would do, just as He knows what we will do each and every time. And instead of getting frustrated or mad at them because “they should have known what to do”, He turned the situation into a teaching opportunity to show them the way for future victories. When faced with mountains that seem to spontaneously spring up our lives, we have to know the right response to get to our victory.
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. Luke 19:16 NKJV
What seemed like something so little, became so much in the hands of God. What was even more amazing, was that when it was blessed by God it not only fed five thousand people, but there was an abundance left over.
So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them. Luke 9:17 NKJV
When we bring our issues to the Father, He will bring forth an overwhelming amount of provision in ways that we cannot even imagine or think. It might be in the form of peace, joy, hope, words of encouragement, or even allowing us to be alone. We don’t always see these as the blessings of provision that we need, but they are. There was a few years in my life when I had no friends. It drove me crazy because I hated being by myself. But as I began to take my loneliness to God, He began to change my perspective, and bless me with crazy amounts of joy and peace. Even now, in many ways I am very much alone; my six years of singleness being one. Because I have chosen to place this time of my life in God’s loving hands, He is able to do things and develop habits in my life that would not be possible if I was in a relationship. It can seem like such a burden at times, but when I take my issues to God, He blesses me with a whole new outlook on life and my joy goes through the roof.
Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. Psalm 55:22a NLT
We have to be willing to sit still, and take our challenges to God. He has written the story of our lives, and He already knows how the story is going to end. There is absolutely nothing hidden from Him in our lifeline, so wouldn’t He be the perfect One to go to for the solutions we need? He wants us to set Him as the source of our help in every difficulty or uncertainty that comes our way. He wants us to pause, sit down before Him, and bring that thing to Him, so He can bring forth the miracles we need to see.
We must learn from the ways of Jesus, and take all life’s demands to our Father. In doing so, our responses to life will create miracles in the Earth that will grow our faith in God, and show the world who Jesus really is.
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” Luke 9: 20 NKJV
The more time we spend with God, the more our perspective will change, and the more we will realize how much we really need God to survive and thrive. Time with Him brings a clearer picture of who He is, and how He wants us to live. As this happens, we begin to radiant who He is into the earth, and in turn we become lighthouses guiding people to the safe shore of Jesus Christ!
Prayer: God, we thank You for the opportunity to learn more about You, and grow deeper in You each and every day. Please forgive us of our doubt and worry. Help us to not take life into our own hands, and create our own solutions. Teach us how to sit still, and bring every matter that concerns us to You. Because without your hands being in it, we cannot prosper in the ways that you desire. Thank You for loving us enough to lead us and draw us closer to You. With You, we can do the impossible and the unthinkable. In Jesus Name, Amen!
God Bless you!!