Day Four – It’s About Willingness, Not Resources

Today’s Scripture Matthew 14:16-17, 15:34

As we pointed out a couple of days ago, in the Old Testament story the man was more focused on what he was bringing to the prophet than he was on the group of hungry people. Their needs weren’t even within his vision. And if they were, he chose to ignore.

In the New Testament story, however, the disciples saw the need of the people first, but they felt unprepared to meet it. “Send the crowds away so they can go buy themselves food” (Matt. 14:15). In other words, We know there’s a need, but we can’t/won’t do anything about it. Jesus, on the other hand, saw the need and He chose to include the disciples in the miracle. “They don’t need to go away. You give them something to eat” (Matt. 14:16).

We can become so caught up in what we can’t do or don’t have that we fail to see what God CAN do with what HE has. First He sees the needs. Then He looks for a willing participant. And He connects the two. It’s a match made in heaven, don’t you think?

  • Today, how can you turn your focus from your lack of resources to a willingness for God to accomplish the impossible through you?
  • If you possessed all the resources to meet all the needs, how willing would you be to share? How would it affect your trust in God?