Matthew 14: 15-16 says” When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, This is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over; send the throngs away into the villages to buy food for themselves. Jesus said, They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.
What I love about this story is the response that Jesus said to His disciples, He told them to give them something to eat. I can just imagine how they stood there looking at each other wondering “what?”how are we to feed them? This is just how you and I are, Jesus tells us to do something and have that same look upon our faces, wondering how in the world are we to do it?
God often begins with what we have. Jesus often takes what we bring to him and multiplies it. God is not intimidated by the size of our problem. The disciples saw the size of the need and the littleness of the human resources available; Jesus saw the size of the need and the greatness of God’s resources available. Did you notice how the disciples said to Jesus to send the people away so that they can go into local towns to get something to eat?
Yes, the disciples was concerned about them having something to eat, but what they neglected was that it was more important for them to get the word of God first. That’s when Jesus told them you feed them, now the disciples didn’t know what to do, because once again they thought of the physical more than the Messiah.
Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve small hand basket full of the broken pieces left over. And those who are were about 5,000 men, not including women and children.
What lesson can you and I learn from the feeding of the five thousand? God will use what you already have in your hand. So before you dismiss the obvious look at what you have in your hands. Even with the story of Moses, God used what He already had in his hand and Moses had a staff and God used that staff when He told Moses what to say to Pharaoh.