Where are you looking? What are you focusing on in the week ahead? Do you have something weighing heavy on your heart? Do you have an insurmountable task hanging over your head? Do you look at your resources and wonder how you will have enough to do all you need to do?
We all face difficulties in life. Some seemed more difficult than others. Some even seem impossible. But, what can we do?
Philip, Jesus’ disciple, faced a problem he could not solve. Andrew offered help, but it was a minute fraction of help. Jesus knew the answer, but He asked His disciples what could they do. The answer was simple, nothing. They did not have the resources or power to solve the issue.
Five thousand individuals followed Christ into the wilderness to see more of the miracles He had performed. Away from any means of feeding them, Christ asked His disciples to take care of the need. Philip said, “We do not have enough money to buy bread for every to have a little piece.” Andrew said, “This young boy has his lunch of five pieces of bread and two small fish, but what is that among all of these.”
Both of them saw a hopeless situation they had no power to overcome. They were helpless and focusing on the wrong things. They could not see the solution because their focus was in the wrong direction.
So many times, we are focusing in the wrong direction. We look at the enormity of the problem, our minute resources, and our lack of strength and ability. 5,000 was too many to feed. 200 was insufficient funds. 5 and 2 was nothing more than a drop compared to an ocean.
When the focus shifted from the issue to the Lord, the disciples learned a tremendous lesson. No problem or issue is greater than the Lord. Feeding 5,000 hungry individuals was nothing to the One who fed the nation of Israel in the wilderness for 50 years with manna. Feeding 5,000 hungry individuals was nothing to the One who fed the widow and her son through the famine.
Focus not on the 5,000 but on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The lack of funds were nothing to the Lord. The One who created the heavens and the earth own the cattle on thousands hills. All belongs to Him and He can supply every need.
The small lunch was not a drop in the ocean but the supply of 5,000 by the transforming power of Jesus Christ. He took the bread and fish and feed everyone. Twelve baskets of food was left over!
So this week, when you are focus with an insurmountable problem, keep your eyes on the Lord. He is the answer.
Do not focus on the enormity of the problem, focus on the power of Jesus Christ.
Do not focus on the lack of resources, focus on the Lord and His care.
God loves His children! He takes care of them! Keep your focus on your Saviour!
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”