29 Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan. Matthew 15:29-39
Once again, we see Jesus wanting to feed the crowds, and His disciples not knowing what they should do. It wasn’t that long ago that they fed another crowd with fish and bread. His disciples were even asking the same questions about where they should get the food.
If they had done the same thing Jesus did by holding out the fish and bread up to God, thanking Him for it, and starting to distribute it, would it have been enough to feed the masses? We’ll never know because they didn’t do it.
Others have done it throughout history. George Mueller comes to mind when he ran an orphanage. They had no idea how they would feed the children, and God would miraculously provide time and time again. Was George and people like him super spiritual? Did they have a special kind of faith?
Simply put, they had to trust God. They had no other choice.
What does that kind of faith look like in our culture? I’m certain many more people need to trust God due to unexpected unemployment and the dire need for food and housing than they did last year at this time.
Again I ask, how do you trust God when life is so easy and food is so plentiful? Are there things we can do to trust Him more?