Fresh Hope – 2nd September 2016

One of the most well-known stories in all of the Bible is the feeding of the 5000. It takes place after a large crowd has followed Jesus, and as the day draws to a close, He wants to give them something to eat before they head for home.

One of Jesus’ disciples, Andrew, approaches Him with a suggestion as to how they could possibly achieve such a task. He says, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (‭‭John‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

I want you to notice how Andrew’s approach changes mid-statement. He goes from confidently making this suggestion to retracting what he’s just said. It’s as if Andrew realised what a dumb thing he was presenting before Jesus.

What happens next is pretty astonishing… Following Andrew’s suggestion, Jesus puts the miracle into motion and begins distributing to the crowds that same, little boys’ lunch. For some time, this messed with me as I couldn’t understand why Jesus would use Andrew’s faith, or lack thereof to perform such a huge miracle.

Until I was reminded of what Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”‬‬

God loves big faith, but you need to be encouraged to know that He’s willing to work with small faith. He is able to take your small suggestion and put a miracle into motion. God is not intimidated by your mustard seed sized faith nor your doubt. But if you bring them to Him, watch what He is able to do. Just ask Andrew.

Caleb Burchell

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