Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.”
It was very interesting to read the disciples command Jesus to send the crowd away, so they can eat. It seems right and practical, I don’t think they were ready to feed 5,000 men.
But rather than doing what seems logical during that situation, Jesus commanded his disciples to feed them. If you were one of the disciples, what would your reaction be? Honestly, if I was one of the disciples during that time I could have told Jesus that he was crazy! It’s impossible to feed 5,000 men when you don’t have the money to buy the food, plus you don’t even have the time to prepare the food. So why did Jesus tell his disciples to do this?
John 6:6 tells us, “This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.” This is the same story, but John gives us the reason why Jesus told his disciples to do that.
You see, there are moments where God would ask us to do something impossible – this can also be something that seems absurd or doesn’t make sense. The reason that God tells us to obey is not that we are capable, but for us to see what he can do through us. It was not the disciples who produced the food for the 5,000 men. It was Jesus who used the food of an ordinary person who only had 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed a large crowd.
How about you? What do you think Jesus is asking you to do today? Do you believe Jesus is powerful enough to do the possible and work through you? What is something ordinary in your hand right now that the Lord can use for this glory?
Remember, what is impossible to man is possible to God. In the story of the feeding of the 5,000, the crowd was fed but the amazing thing that we should still take note of is that there were still 12 baskets of leftovers. Jesus can do the impossible and even do beyond that we think or imagine. What an amazing God we have!