God will do what only God can do. He will do it with what seems like not enough. He will do it when it seems most unlikely. He will do it through your obedience, then you will see you were always covered, always cared for, and always provided for.
In fact, hasn’t he already done this for you? Hasn’t he already done what only he could do in your life? Didn’t he come through when there seemed like not enough? Didn’t he do it when it was too far gone and way too late? And in it all, the only thing required of you was your obedience. So, don’t you already see you have always been covered. You have always been cared for. You have always been provided for. Always.
Now, what is worrying you today? What seems overwhelming? What threat has been stealing your peace? Girl, God has already proven to you personally he will get you through this.
But, we forget, don’t we? We forget all he has done before. We dismiss his divine work in the details of our lives and declare a little luck along the way and good karma on our side. Then we worry if maybe our luck has run out. Pshhhhhtttttt … that’s God’s mighty works in your life. That has God’s fingerprints all over it. Give him credit! God did that for you. And if he did that for you before, won’t he do this for you now?
The disciples were Jesus’ adventure partners for over 3 years. They went everywhere with Jesus. They saw all his miraculous works, and they were even given the power to do the same miraculous works in his name. One miracle they saw was the feeding of 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. They not only saw it, they were actively involved in it.
Mark 6: 31-34, Jesus says to his disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. But many people recognized them and saw them leaving, and people from many towns ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”
But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”
“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”
They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed.”
Imagine being actively involved in an undeniable miracle like this. Imagine seeing thousands of people eat from only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, then gathering 12 baskets full of leftovers after everyone had eaten all they could eat. Wouldn’t that change you forever? Wouldn’t this give you confidence in any situation of need or lack? Wouldn’t this make you bold in your actions and certain in your choices?
Interestingly enough, just 2 chapters later, we see the disciples have totally forgotten Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000. Now they faced a new hungry crowd and they were maybe somewhat annoyed by all of it. People had been gathering to be healed by Jesus for 3 days. For 3 days there was a massive crowd, and the disciples were working crowd management.
Have you ever tried to manage a crowd? How about a hungry crowd? I remember managing 3 hungry middle schoolers after school and I knew I just had to get out of the way. But this crowd wasn’t only hungry, they were desperate. Desperate for healing.
What would you do if you had a sick child, and the only thing standing between you and the healing touch of Jesus was a few thousand people. Is there anything you wouldn’t do? You would stand there as long as you needed to, wouldn’t you? You would wait in rain. You would wait in darkness. You would wait in hunger. You might even go a little ghetto and try to fight your way through the crowd so your child is seen by Jesus. I certainly would.
Now remember, this is a different crowd than the 5,000 we read about 2 chapters before. The disciples had already witnessed Jesus’ ability to take what wasn’t enough and make it more than enough. They had personally been involved in that miracle.
Mark 8: 1-9, “About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.”
His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”
Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”
“Seven loaves,” they replied.
So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them. They ate as much as they wanted. (Deja Vu) Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. There were about 4,000 men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten.”
Deja Vu! Hasn’t this already happened? Haven’t we seen Jesus do this before? Didn’t we gather leftovers another time as proof of an undeniable miracle? Haven’t we already been here?
Isn’t it funny how Jesus brought them into a very similar need as they had experienced before, and yet they totally freaked out again. They’re all stressed trying to manage this hungry crowd and they’re completely overwhelmed with a need they cannot meet.
It’s easy for us to read this story and think, “Dude, you have Jesus right there with you! Why are you worried? Why are you stressed? You’ve seen him work this out before. Why wouldn’t you know he will do it again?”
The numbers were a little different. The crowd was 4,000 instead of 5,000, and the supply was a little more with 7 loaves of bread instead of 5. They had MORE this time than last time, yet they still questioned. “How are we supposed to do this?”
Silly disciples. How could they miss the numbers here? How could they dismiss the presence of Jesus and his undeniable power to multiply? They had already seen first hand proof just 2 chapters earlier. Did they miss the Deja Vu of this unfolding miracle?
But really, aren’t we the same? Haven’t we already seen God do impossible things in our own lives? Haven’t we seen his miraculous power at work? Haven’t we seen him get us through so much in the past? Hasn’t God already proven his faithfulness to us? We’re having our own Deja Vu experience.
So honey, why are you worried here? Why have you let this situation steal your peace? Why have you been running through all those worst case scenarios in your head, overwhelming yourself with things that haven’t even really happened yet? Why are you assuming certain failure?
The disciples had absolutely no reason to stress about this hungry crowd because Jesus was right there with them. I mean really, if Jesus is with you, don’t you have confidence that everything is going to be okay? Don’t you know that the way is going to be made. The meal is going to be provided. The storm is going to be calmed. If Jesus is with you, then what is there to be afraid of?
And, sweet sister, JESUS IS MORE THAN WITH YOU, HE IS IN YOU! His power dwells within you. You are never without him for a single second. The Holy Spirit which Jesus promised, is his spirit and God’s power living within you.
Jesus said in John 14 to his disciples, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. You know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
The disciples had the gift of living WITH Jesus, but he says a greater gift is coming, he would live IN THEM through the Holy Spirit. When we place our faith in Jesus as our savior, this is the gift we receive too. This gift gives of peace of mind and heart when we’re facing impossible situations. This gift gives us courage and confidence so we are not troubled or afraid. The Holy Spirit inside of us fills us with power to do God’s work and reminds us of everything he has done for us before.
No, the disciples shouldn’t have freaked out when there was a crowd of 4,000 hungry people and they only had 7 loaves of bread and a few fish. You know why they shouldn’t have freaked out:
- Jesus was right there with them.
- They had already seen Jesus feed a larger crowd with even less.
So you shouldn’t freak out with what you’re facing today. You know why?
- Jesus is right here in you through the Holy Spirit.
- You’ve already seen Jesus do greater things with even less.
Can you get through this? Yes, you can. Are you covered, protected, provided for, and supernaturally guided? YES, YOU ARE! The Spirit of God lives within you. Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
If he could carry you through what you went through then, he will carry you through what you’re going through now. If he provided with so little then, he will provide even more for you now. If he made a way before, he will make a way again. All your life God has been showing you his power. God is deja vu’ing you!
God will do what only God can do. He will do it with what seems like not enough. He will do it when it seems most unlikely. He will do it through your obedience, then you will see you were always covered, always cared for, and always provided for. Jesus isn’t just with you, honey, he’s IN YOU!