This is one example, a simple truth, of vast importance.
John 6: 1 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. 2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. 3 And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. 4 And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. 5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
When we don’t know what to do, Jesus does.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
Philip said that about $88 worth of bread wouldn’t be enough. It’s not much, but with Jesus in the midst, it is plenty. Jesus really didn’t answer Philip’s question.
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. 12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
What a tremendous need this was. The people had followed Jesus out here to hear him teach. It was getting late and they had not eaten. They probably hadn’t even thought about it because they were so interested in what Jesus was saying. What Jesus had said is being said to each of us personally. The only one we can depend on is the author of the Bible.
Jesus knew the people were famished and wouldn’t make it home in that state. He asked the disciples how the people were going to eat. They thought in earthly terms. Philip made the statement about $88 of bread not being enough. You cannot put a price on what God can do. To them, there was no way to feed the people. Andrew said there was a boy with five biscuits and two fish. This is not a big man’s meal; it was a kid’s lunch. I’d have to eat a lot of kid’s meals to get filled. It was enough to feed that child, but in the hands of Jesus it was more. With every miracle Jesus performed, whether turning water to wine, calming storms, healing paralyzed people or casting out demons, they were something that couldn’t be done by the hands of man. They could be done by the hands of Jesus, so once again he reached out.
A kid’s meal for probably 30,000 people? What good would it do? Not much until the boy gave his little bit to the Master. He gave up his lunch, willing to go hungry himself, so that Jesus wouldn’t. He left it with the Master. Jesus didn’t say what he was going to do. He just asked what was available. All the Lord is interested in is what little you have available.
The boy gave his meal to Jesus, turned around in faith and left it there. It wasn’t much but Jesus lifted it up to the Father, gave thanks for it, broke it, and gave it out. He did that until everyone was full. There were 12 baskets left over. Did anyone go hungry? No. Everyone was satisfied, getting what they needed.
If we, by faith, give our little bit over to Jesus’ hands, he’ll take care of it. We satisfy Jesus by trusting him with our needs. He satisfies our needs by our leaving them in his hands.