Now when it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is secluded and the hour is already past to eat; send the crowds away, so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go; you give them something to eat!” – Matthew 14:15-16
At the first miraculous feeding of the multitude, Jesus challenged the disciples to provide for the needs of the crowd. Their expected response was much as I expect ours would be, “We can’t!”
As new believers and Christ-followers gather into local churches, we are often faced with overwhelming needs, whether in our own communities or around the world. Faced with such a dilemma, our first response might be to “send them away,” because we feel incapable or inadequate. Let’s remember, however, that it’s not our resources that will meet the hunger and thirst of those who surround us, it is Christ’s power, and His resources are limitless.
We cannot meet every need, but Christ can and will according to His will, purpose, and plan. Surrender all at your disposal, then watch the Lord multiply it for His purposes.
If your every human plan and calculation has miscarried, if, one by one, human props have been knocked out, and doors have shut in your face, take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: “Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter.” – Catherine Marshall