Chapter 41 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” (John 6.9).
Jesus’ disciples found themselves looking out on the multitude of people who had gathered in Galilee. It was time to eat, and the disciples had nothing to serve. Kids were crying and stomachs were growling. Then Andrew stepped forward with a little lad and a little lunch. Andrew did quite well at first: his initial words suggested his faith. “Lord, here is a boy with a few fish sandwiches! But when you think about it, what are they among so many?” Andrew was about to find out how little can become much when God gets involved.
We have, probably, all experienced times when there was not enough. How were we going to pay the bills? How were we ever going to get ahead? Or maybe it was a ministry need. Who would help us? How could we possible accomplish what God had called us to do?
There are times when the need is not a financial. We could be at the top of our career or simply enjoying more success than we ever thought possible. We could have everything we want in the way of a spouse and family, but we feel like something is lacking. We feel empty. Perhaps we have found ourselves asking the age old question, “Is this all there is?”
It happens in Hollywood as A-list actors go from spouse to spouse, from cause to cause, or from substance to substance trying to find an answer to that question. It happens when young athletes who are making more money than they ever imagined look for fulfillment off the field in drugs and sex and other unhealthy ways.
It happens as spouses look for satisfaction outside of their marriages. Others fill the void with more work. Maybe a little bit more money, more fame, more applause will fill the need. Others fill the void with religion: Eastern, New Age, or some other flavor of the month.
Without Christ, demand always exceeds supply, and our cry is “Not enough.” It may be that you have a need today for which there is no apparent supply. Perhaps the need is physical, emotional, material, or spiritual. Little can become much when you allow Christ to get involved.
In John 6 the disciples saw the need but didn’t understand that the answer was in their midst. But when a little boy offered what he had and allowed Jesus to get involved, there was not only enough, there were leftovers.
Remember, it is not the size of your lunch that matters, but whether you are willing to factor Christ into the equation of your life and let Him do what only He can. Because little is much when He is involved.
Next week’s question: Do you believe this? (John 11.26).
Last week’s question: “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3.4). Read it here.
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