“When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" They said to Him, "Twelve." "And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to Him, "Seven." And He said to them, "Do you not yet understand?"
The disciples were worried because they hadn’t brought any food with them. What would they eat? As they discussed the problem, the Lord said, “What, don’t you remember?” and asked them these questions.
Do you ever find yourself with the same questions? Of course you do!
For years as a missionary I lived by God’s hand of provision, protection and blessing, but just like the disciples, I still find myself wondering how we will ever handle the next big need?
The Lord knew how important it was for His disciples to understand this, so He took them for a walk down memory lane. “You remember how we fed 5,000 people with nothing but five pieces of bread and a couple of fish? How many baskets full of leftovers did you gather up after that?”
They knew the answers but were still having trouble with the concept. He had done it before, but would He do it again? He asked them, “Do you still not get it?”
Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission, used to say, “God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” This is what the Lord wanted the disciples to see.
Does God keep His promises? Will He meet your own needs today? Can you trust Him again? God is constantly putting His beloved children in situations where we have to trust Him again. It keeps us sharp. It exercises our “faith muscles” so they grow.
Yes, dear Christian, you can trust Him. Not because your faith is so strong, but because He is faithful. He will keep His promises to you, again.
Lord Jesus, I believe; help my unbelief. I know that You will keep your promises now, today, as You always have. Lord, keep me close to You. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles