God Has a Better Plan

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.  And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.  He said, Bring them hither to me.

Matthew 14:14-18

We all know the story of the miracle in which Jesus fed all of this multitude of people.  He had mercy on these people and started healing them and helping them.  When evening came, his disciples started to get hungry.  In their defense, they also started to realize that the other people needed to eat, too.

Their plan was reasonable: send the people away so that they could go “into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.”  There is nothing unreasonable about that.  They were men and they were thinking as men think.

However, Jesus’ plan was different: “…give ye them to eat.”  Jesus told the disciples to feed the people.  Of course, the disciples (again thinking as men) reasoned that there was no way to feed a great multitude with but five loaves and two fishes.  That’s not a lot of food.

The difference here is that God sees things that we do not see.  We are bound by human limitations; God is not.  We can not see a few loaves and fishes feeding very many people.  God can see that little bit of food being plenty to feed an entire multitude of people.  We can only divide what is already there.  God can multiply what is there.  In fact, God can make something out of nothing.  Multiplying a few loaves and fishes is not a problem for the One Who created the fishes and who created the plants that produced the grain used to make the loaves.

We need to be careful not to try to limit God to what our human reasoning says can or can not be done.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this has been a recurring theme today as I’ve read around in blog land! I am so encouraged to know that He has no limits! Thank you and God bless you!


  2. Thanks again, Ben


  3. “The difference here is that God sees things that we do not see.”
    Oh boy….

    God bless you… you have no idea!!



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