8 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 4 His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” 5 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. 7 They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. 8 The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 9 About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, 10 he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha.
Lunch for 4000+ people. 2 responses are clear. Jesus – (in the Message version) says “This crowd is breaking my heart.” The disciples say: “What do you expect us to do about it? – Buy food out here in the desert?” Jesus is filled with compassion for the people – the disciples see only an unsolvable problem. Jesus asks them what they have (He doesn’t focus on what they don’t have!) and proceeds to feed ALL the people. There is no atmosphere of faith from the disciples – only an incredulous response – What do you expect us to do??? Jesus shows them what can happen…
I have to stop right here and ask myself – how often in my world does Jesus respond to my needs and others with compassion while I respond as the disciples did?
Lord God – You are mightier that I can possibly imagine – and You have demonstrated Your desire to transform my life and the lives of people around me. I choose again to walk in confident trust in You and move in faith in response to my needs and the needs of those around me. Let me look to what I have – not what I don’t.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn