Picture Jesus preaching to a crowd. Luke 9:12-17 tells us that a multitude of people had followed Jesus out to a remote place where He taught them about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon, His disciples urged Him to send the people away so that they could get something to eat. Jesus responds to them, “You give them something to eat.”
Ever been in a situation where God is asking you to do something that seems completely impossible unless He orchestrates it? The disciples counted their few fish and loaves and informed Him that it wasn’t possible. Next, Jesus gave His men one action step: “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so.
I love those two words. They didn’t talk back or question the Messiah, they just “did so.” At this point in the story, they have no idea what is about to happen. They don’t know like we do (and like He knew) that they were about to witness one of the greatest miracles ever told. They didn’t know that in the next few minutes Jesus would feed a crowd well over 5,000 and have baskets of leftovers. They only knew to do what He asked them to do. A small, seemingly simple, doable step.
One obedient step at a time. He leads us and directs us one trusting action at a time. But WHY, God? Why do I have to do that? I will obey when you explain the whole picture to me. God is not a man, and His ways are higher than ours. He wants us to step out and trust Him, and as we obey, He will reveal our next step.
I can’t feed 5,000 in my own strength, but I can do the small step of seating the people in groups of fifty. God wants to show us His miraculous ways. He wants to continue to work miracles in our midst. Will we take the action step that He has assigned us even when we don’t know the outcome?
Is there something in your life that God has directed you to do? A seemingly small act of obedience? There are times when I have heard myself and others say in angst, I wish God would just tell me what is going to happen next. We want to know what His will is for our lives, but often if we are quiet and listen, He will point us back to the last thing He led us to do that we haven’t done yet.
So today I am checking my heart. What are the tasks that He has directed me to? Miracles are waiting to unfold before us. Let’s participate and “do so.”