In this passage, we see Jesus using the supernatural to show compassion and to to meet the needs of thousands of people while at the same time teaching his disciples the power of faith. "The disciples replied, 'Where would we get enough food here in the wilderness for such a huge crowd?'" The disciples knew from a worldly perspective there was nothing they could do to feed all the people there. All they had was "seven loaves and a few small fish". However, Jesus knew that with faith in the Father and a willing heart, they had more than enough to meet the needs of all the people.
How many times do we look around us question how God can do something? We ask: How could he possibly free me from this? How Could he possibly provide for me? We limit God by taking away the opportunity for Him to show up, yet we have a desire for miraculous always. Jesus urges us to give Him space. He will meet come through. It may look different than what we expect it too. The disciples were surprised the first time they saw Jesus multiply food. They probably still had doubt He could do it again even after they saw it once. Yet they waited on Jesus to act.
This is where our challenge comes in. In every aspect of life we must not only invite God in, but give Him the space and time He chooses to move. Instead of panicking and trying to solve the issue on your own, invite God to show up and then wait. It is the most difficult thing to do. To wait. But it is also the most fruitful and powerful thing we can do many times.
Jesus, You are the God of miracles. Nothing is impossible for you. Thank you for always being faithful. Thank you for always coming through even if its not in the way I expect. Father, I invite you in and I give you space to move in my life. I give you space to do the miraculous. Help me to truly wait upon you.
- John Meyne