“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.” (Matthew 14:19)
Just before Jesus fed five thousand hungry families, He challenged the apostles with an impossible mission. When the apostles urged Him to send that hungry multitude away, Jesus said to the apostles, “You feed them! How many loaves do you have? Go and see.”
The apostles must have been overwhelmed by that challenge. How were they going to find enough food in that deserted place to feed that big crowd of people?
The only food the apostles could find was a basket of five biscuits and two little sardines. They placed that food in the hands of the Lord saying, “All we have is this food a small boy brought with him, but what is this among so many hungry people?” The Lord blessed what the apostles gave Him and then passed that little boy’s lunch through the hands of the apostles to the mouths of more than five thousand people.
That day the apostles learned that whatever we have is adequate when we place our inadequacy in the Lord’s hands.
Through the miracles we are experiencing in ministry, we are learning that our Lord likes to assign us a mission impossible. Then, when the impossibility of our mission makes us turn to Him and say, “This is all we have,” He takes it in His hands, blesses it, and then feeds millions with the Living Bread from heaven.
Dick Woodward (ICM Networking, 2000)
I’ve been getting these emails for the past few years. Maybe two or three I can’t remember. Thank you for sending them.
Dick Woodward was a great Bible teacher. My husband and I loved learning about God through Dicks teaching. We became members of the VBCC and went to TAB (I think on Wednesday nights) when The Mini Bible College was being recorded. His teaching became the foundation for us to grow our faith and knowledge of God.
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