John 6:5-12, “When Jesus lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of the disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain that nothing be lost.”
God is very generous; he is the owner of the cattle on a thousand hills. He is the inexhaustible source of every good thing. All good and perfect gifts come from him. However, God is not wasteful. He is faithful, wonderful, but definitely not wasteful.
There was a problem here – the problem of how to feed a crowd of over five thousand. Jesus asked his disciples how the problem of feeding the people could be solved. The economist amongst them did a rough estimate of what it would take to feed a crowd of five thousand. There are people who love to magnify problems; they love to give the impression that that problem cannot be solved. Beware of such people. They tend to blow your mind with the enormity of the problem. Some other people love to grumble whenever a problem emerges. Some others get defeated in their mind even before the battle begins. While there are others who adopt the attitude of ‘the greater the problem, the more the reward’; ‘the greater the test, the more the testimony’. That is the attitude of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Andrew must have been a very sociable person. We need more of such people; those who can get into the midst of the crowd and find solution to problems. He was able to identify a lad with a lunch pack in the midst of the crowd. Do you have eyes on the ball? Andrew was not only able to identify the lad but he knew the details of what the lad had. Jesus took the loaves and fish and he gave thanks.
The Bible says in everything, give thanks. Whenever you receive something, ensure that you don’t use your mouth to destroy it. Seed is always smaller than harvest, plant it. You can water the seed to multiply. Speak life and not death. Learn to give thanks. Stay away from grumbling and complaining. If you want supernatural abundance, banish grumbling and complaining. Grumblers are great losers. Grumbling and complaining never make things better; rather, they make things worse.
- Heavenly God, your name be hallowed. I give you glory and honor. I ask you to supernaturally empower me to live above any problem that confronts me. Help me to be discerning and grant me the grace to be a healing agent in a sick world in Jesus’ name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED……..