“No I can’t do it!” Have you ever said that to the Lord? I have, and convinced I couldn’t, decided it would be fool-hardy to even try. Until the Lord showed me that little becomes much in his hands.
Large crowds often followed the Lord. And that day, after crossing Lake Galilee, was no different. He had gone off to get away for rest in a quiet place, alone with his disciples. Yet the crowd followed after him even there.
And Christ, looking up and seeing that they were like sheep without a shepherd, felt moved by compassion for them. So he sat down to teach them, weary as he was. Until, seeing how late it was getting, the disciples suggested sending the people away to buy themselves food.
“No, you feed them!” Christ instructed. And then refuted their logic that it would cost too much, by telling them use what they already had at hand. “But we only have 5 small loaves and 2 little fish. What’s that among so many?”
And yet, from that little bit of food, they all had as much as they wanted! 5000 men, plus women and children! And they even gathered 12 baskets full of leftovers! (Mark 6)
Because little becomes much in God’s hands.
Christ didn’t need to use that food. He could have created something from nothing. But he chose to work with that which the Father had already supplied.
Many times in Scripture God directed people to use what they already had.
From Moses’s rod to David’s five stones, and the widow’s jar of oil that never ran out. “What do you have in your hands?” the Lord asked Moses. “That is what you will use as proof that I sent you!” And it even made the great and mighty Pharaoh listen, (Exodus 4). “What do have here in the house?” Elisha asked the widow woman. “Bring me that jar!” And her supply of oil lasted until the famine was over, (2 Kings 4.)
And God has placed much in our hands too.
Material blessings, talents, and all the spiritual gifts we need to complete his work. Yet we often overlook what the Lord has already given. And allow our perceived lack — both materially and spiritually — to keep us from stepping out in obedient faith.
Like the disciples, we fail to see that little becomes much in God’s hands.
I learned this the first time I was called to speak at a women’s group years ago. I don’t mind public speaking, but don’t enjoy teaching God’s Word before a group. (Let alone teaching in Italian!) Because I realize that my gifts and calling lie in writing and mentoring, not public speaking. I was sure I’d fail. And worse yet, was afraid of letting God down.
But the Lord said, “I’ve already given you much. You’ve got a story to tell. My story in your life. Just share that, and I’ll do the rest.”
I’ve often heard speakers say that their knees go weak. But weak knees? I felt like a jelly fish! And stuck as my tongue was to the roof of my mouth, I couldn’t get a word out! I’m sure the women wondered, “What is this?? A comedy act?” My head bobbing about, trying to unstick my tongue must have made a pretty convincing chicken act!
“You see Lord, I knew I couldn’t do this!” I told him. And that’s when he said, “You’re right. I already knew that. But didn’t I tell you to just do your part, and that I’d do the rest?”
So I opened my mouth to speak, and he really did do the rest! It was nothing less than a miracle. For my words on overcoming fear were strong and powerful and touched every heart in the room. I know because there wasn’t a dry eye among them. But I also know that it wasn’t because I’m a great speaker, for I’m not.
“One of the most powerful tools we have is just using whatever the Lord has given us,” I shared, “and then trusting and resting in him to do the rest.” And he did it. Because he always does, and always will. That message was living proof of it.
We may not have much. And whatever we do have will never be enough, because without him we can do nothing. But in him we truly can do all things.