But Jesus answered, "You give them some food to eat." The followers said to Jesus, "We can't buy enough bread to feed all these people! We would all have to work a month to earn enough money to buy that much bread!" Jesus asked the followers, "How many loaves of bread do you have now? Go and see." The followers counted their loaves of bread. They came to Jesus and said, "We have five loaves of bread and two fish."
— Mark 6:37-38 NLT
In the previous verses, Jesus' disciples expressed their concern for the crowds following Jesus. Now Jesus challenges them to do the impossible: "You feed them!" At first, they don't get the impossibility of his command. They are still locked into their normal ways of handling need. So Jesus tells them to check their available resources—5 loaves and 2 fish. Now they can be certain that the task they face is impossible for them. At one time or another, nearly everyone of us is called upon to serve others in an impossible situation: during the illness of a family member or in a time of real financial pinch or when we're facing a difficult ministry challenge or in an unfamiliar environment or ... . No matter what the challenge may be, we realize that we cannot accomplish our tasks through our own strength. Jesus wants us to realize exactly where we are: in an impossible situation unless his provision, his grace, his power, his guidance, and his providence carry us through. Jesus wants us to know that our resources are limited ... but his are unlimited.
Father in heaven, I realize that I am not sufficient for the challenges I face. I confess that my resources are limited and that without your help, mercy, grace, and power I cannot do what I need to do. Please help me! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Zechariah 8:6
- Mark 10:27
- Romans 11:33
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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