A Simple Message
“Then His disciples said to Him, ‘Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?’ Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ And they said, ‘Seven, and a few little fish’… And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled…”
There are times in life that we find ourselves in a similar situation to the disciples: Faced with a seemingly impossible task, a desire to do the right thing, and nothing but scraps in-hand to work with.
In these times, much like the disciples, we often find ourselves with questions and little to no answers.
The task given to the disciples was to feed a multitude, the question being where to find enough food. The scraps left in their hands were some bread and a little fish. Christ took the bit of bread and fish they had and filled the entire multitude with food that day.
How did Christ perform such a miracle? What did Christ do with that small amount of food that allowed Him to feed thousands?
Ultimately, we simply don’t know.
The Biblical account doesn’t deem it necessary to inform us of the supernatural or scientific ins and outs of the miracle, instead telling us simply that the disciples trusted their impossible task to Christ and Christ performed a miracle.
This demonstration of faith and a miracle is a common theme in the Bible.
Whether it’s Elijah and a grieving mother’s deceased son, Gideon, and his three hundred against a countless army, or a reformed Paul beginning his ministry to the Gentiles, we find God commanding his faithful to action with the only answer being that God will give them victory.
Simply put, this recurring theme teaches us that faith is action without answer.
That the time will inevitably come when God calls you to action without answering your questions of how, why, or maybe even exactly what the action is.
When that time comes you can find strength in knowing that you don’t have to know. You simply have to act on faith, trusting that when you do your part God will work a miracle to turn an impossible task into a glorious victory.