You give them something to eat.
Luke 9: 12-17
When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” for there were about five thousand men…
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.
So “when the day began to wear away” the disciples became aware of circumstances that apparently Jesus was not paying attention to. It was getting late. The people had nowhere to sleep and no food. They were in a deserted place, all good reasons to call it a day and pack it in. Doesn’t that make sense? Lets all move to a more comfortable, more practical place. A place where we can remain in control and have our basic needs met. After all isn’t that how we live out our days? Living for the moment deciding what is best, logical, practical, and comfortable?
But Jesus responds with a statement that must have shocked His disciples, “You give them something to eat” What in the world was he talking about? They didn’t have food to feed all of theses people. All they had in their hands and pockets was a tiny portion of what was needed for the task. How could He ask them to do something that was so impossible for them to accomplish?
When I read this story again today I thought about the people around me in my little world. Oh how they need to hear the Savior speak but the day has begun to wear away and there is no place for them to rest. They are in a deserted place, they are hungry and the dark night is approaching. And the words of Jesus, “You give them something to eat” are burning in my heart. A task as impossible for us today as it was for His disciples then.
Lord, what do we hold in our hands? Right here, right now? What have we kept safe in our pockets? Can it be that this is all you need to take, bless, break and give to feed the multitudes around us?
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled…
Take them Lord! All my crumbs and crusts all that I have and am. Take, bless, break and give.