We become so familiar with these amazing Bible stories of the miracles of Jesus that we tend just to accept them, but today I would like you to reconsider and try to think how it might have been had you been there – perhaps as one of the disciples.
A little boy hands you his lunch and you take it to Jesus, wondering what possible help it could be in feeding all those thousands of people. Jesus tells them all to sit down, He prays to His Father, thanks Him for His provision and then begins to hand out the bread and fish to you and the other eleven disciples, telling you to take it to feed the people.
What is going on in your mind? Has Jesus lost His? Are the people going to get angry if they don’t get fed? But then, as you go in obedience to Jesus and begin handing out the small amounts in your hands, you begin to discover that, astonishingly, you have enough – first for this group and then as you go to the next, you still have enough!
It must have been a similar situation at the wedding feast at Cana (John 3) when Jesus told the servants to fill the jars for cleansing with water and take them to their master. What were the servants thinking? This was the first miracle that Jesus performed so the servants had no idea of what might happen and must have wondered if they would get a sound beating for trying to trick their master. But they still went in faith.
It seems that whilst God is perfectly capable of performing miracles on His own – and sometimes does – He often needs our help and co-operation and it is only when we step out in faith to obey His command that the miracle occurs. It would have been easy for Jesus to do the act of multiplication right in front of the crowd and then told the disciples to take what they needed from the heap, but they had to choose to obey Jesus and walk in faith.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me that so often I miss out on the “miracle of faith” because I don’t choose to obey Your still, small voice. Please give me courage to take the first step so that You can achieve all that You want to in my life and in the life of others around me. Thank You, loving Father, Amen.
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