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  • Pastor Stephan Hurkens

A Resourceful God

And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Matthew 14:17-18

Sometimes in our personal lives our resources run low. The demands seem greater than our resources. We are all faced with the constant demands on our finances. There is a crisis, an illness or a financial reversal and the demands seem greater than our resources. What is a person to do when hard times hit?

When demands are more than the resources, people try to escape. Escaping the problem was the first response of the disciples to the food shortage in this passage of Scripture. “Send the multitude away” was their suggestion (Matthew 14:15.) If the multitude were to leave, the disciples would no longer have to be concerned about feeding them.

The disciples wanted the crowd to go away so that someone else would have to feed them. They could evade the responsibility by “passing the buck.” Jesus was willing to assume the responsibility for the hungry multitude. He did something positive to meet their need. Us, as His followers can do the same.

The disciples counted the resources they had, but they failed to take into consideration the power of Jesus Christ. What was Jesus’ response? He assured the disciples that the multitude did not have to go away.

The presence of Jesus is always adequate, it doesn’t matter how hopeless a situation looks. Jesus makes our situations, adequate too. The disciples could not send the people away because there was no other way these people could be fed, but by Christ. Christ provides a solution to any crisis.

It is at times where we are faced with a lack of resources, that we can turn to Christ, who is adequate for our every need.

Don’t try to run from a crisis, nor try to fix your problems without God’s help. First turn to God and then see how He guides you through any difficult situation.

Wishing You and your family a safe and blessed New Year’s celebration. May 2020 be the year that you experience a closeness with God that you have never had before.

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