Lent – Day 6 – Jesus Questions

“How many loaves of bread do you have?” (Mark 8:5)

It was an old-fashioned camp meeting. For three days, 4,000 people gathered together to share stories and listen to the finest preaching they had ever heard. But the food ran out, and when people get hungry they get cranky. Some of the campers had eaten so little over the three days that they felt weak and faint — hardly fit for the road. Someone needed to do something. So Jesus took charge.

Blessed foodHe called His disciples together and expressed His concerns and of course, they readily identified the problems. We have a much better nose for problems than solutions. First, too many people. Second, no money. Third, no shops out there “in the wilderness.” Humanly speaking, this presented an insurmountable challenge.

“How many loaves of bread do you have?”

Despite the large crowd, all the disciples could find was seven loaves and a few fish. Not exactly an exciting discovery. It might feed 15-20 people, leaving 3,980 others hungry and perhaps angry. I can imagine the disciples feeling a little irritated. “We don’t have anywhere near enough bread. We would never have enough bread for a crowd this size. What’s Jesus thinking?!”

“How many loaves of bread do you have?”

The obvious answer: “Not enough!” And that seems to be the point of the question for those first disciples…and us. It’s not about bread, but faith. It’s not about our circumstances but His sovereignty. It’s not about the presenting need but the grace of God.

I suspect that Jesus already knew how many loaves and fish the disciples would find. It was no surprise to Him. But perhaps He hoped for a different answer to His question. Perhaps He hoped to hear them say, “We have plenty of bread to achieve whatever purposes you have in mind!”

The One who multiplies loaves and fish, continues to do so even today. We see little; He sees much. We feel desperation; He plans a miracle. We get stressed; He stands in the gap.

“How many loaves of bread do you have?”

It’s really not a question about quantity, but expectations. The old adage stands true: God’s call never lacks God’s provision. Perhaps this relates to your personal circumstances, or those of your church or workplace. The goal is not to identify the exact number of loaves we may need to do His will, but to trust Him to achieve His plan and purpose with whatever we have.

Facing a particular need today? Worried by an apparent lack of resources? Let’s offer to Him what we have, with expectation, confidence, and faith … and see if there’s a miracle in the making.

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2 Responses to Lent – Day 6 – Jesus Questions

  1. I love these! How can I get this book re the “questions of Jesus?


    Beverly Bradley

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