Matthew 14:15-19 – “And when it was evening, the disciples came to Him, saying, “The place is desolate, and the time is already past; so send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” 17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18 And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” NASB
Many if not most people expect only what they can see. Many are willing to believe what they can touch, taste, feel, hold, and see. Many believe that they can, when they see a clear pathway, and often people do not want to venture beyond the known. With that condition in mind, I suggest that what we need is a New Heart and a New Mind.
Paul addressed the mind in Romans 12:2 and spoke of the need and possibility of ‘renewing’ our minds. In Proverbs 23:7 we discover that truth taught throughout the Scripture regarding the importance of our thought life. Many, even those who vehemently argue they do not, think small or limited. The focus is frequently on natural ability and personality.
The disciples were not unlike us and not untypical in their thinking. In this situation, they felt the full weight of the impossibility before them. Their thinking was guided by the natural parameters of human intellect and emotion. Their Reason told them that 5,000 people could not be fed with their limited supply. Their Logic insisted that the only real solution was to dismiss the crowd and have them go to nearby towns to buy food. They believed the only remedy was to put the onus back on the people and let them fend for themselves. That is Natural Thinking and is not necessarily bad just limited.
Jesus’ directive was not what they expected. He told them, “You feed them!” What? Jesus, have you lost your mind? We have five loaves of bread and two small fish, what are these among so many? That is a logical and reasonable response. Most of us would have had the same reaction.
It is in this story that the Bible highlights the basic conflict of human emotion, reason, and logic in contrast to faith. Now, I must ask, “Which is easier to follow?” If you said anything other than acting and speaking from a natural perspective, you are speaking after the fact not having placed yourself in their shoes. If you were there, then, under those circumstances, you would have reacted as they.
Jesus gave the command, “Feed them!” You and I have been given the directive to “Feed My Sheep.” It may not be natural food but food nonetheless and no less a command from our LORD. It is rooted in what we call The Great Commission. I suggest that we have somewhat the same conflict today. If we are going to fulfill the directive to Pull Down Strongholds, live the Abundant Life, do the Works that Jesus did and greater works something has to change. We must turn our confidence away from Human Reason and Logic to the Words of our LORD. I didn’t say it would be easy, but I suggest it is not only possible but imperative.
If we remember one simple truth, we will not shy away from the difficult or the supernatural. That truth is, “God’s call and command will never lack His supply.” The disciples had not yet learned that truth, but we have it revealed in Scripture and the many biblical examples should propel us into the Realm of Faith in God.
I don’t know about you, but I am hungry for God’s power and purpose to be fulfilled in me and in my world. If this is a possibility, I want it. If the supernatural is a possibility, I want it. If Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I want to live in the Realm of His Lordship and fulfill His purposes and exercise His authority in my present world.
I want to address some additional things He was trying to teach them that I believe will help us move into the Realm of Faith and out of the Realm of Human Reason. That will come in the next devotional but until then may you walk blessed in our LORD.
Have a great day in His presence!