Matthew 14:15-21 NKJV
15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food. 16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat. 17 And they said to Him, We have here only five loaves and two fish. 18 He said, Bring them here to Me. 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. 20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. 21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children
Sometimes I imagine the things I would do if I was God with all His power and might available to me. One thing is sure, I would not do anything on a small scale. I would do most things in style and grandeur. David would have defeated Goliath with a weapon that has never been used by man, not a sling and a pebble. Jesus would have been born in a big palace built in gold. In feeding the five thousand in this week’s text, I would rain down food from heaven, not borrow the little boy’s lunch. I would just not do small things.
Thank God I am not God. Because Our God specializes in working mighty things through the small things. How does He do it? How does He feed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish and even have leftovers? How does he kill Goliath, a man who had survived many wars, dressed in full military regalia, with a teenagers sling shot? Only God does such things. How did Daniel and his friends eat vegetables and water only and end up looking better than their colleagues who ate from the king’s delicacies? That is what the power of God can do-magnify little to appear larger than life.
I guess that is what makes us able to relate with Him. He comes to identify with us at our level, adds Himself to us and enables us to achieve stuff we could never have otherwise. Who would want to walk away from that kind of God who identifies with our smallness, frailties and inabilities? Definitely not me.
I have been working on a project with meager resources and while I was agonizing about not getting the desired results from the little I was able to do, I remembered a song I used to know when I just got into the faith. I don’t remember the singer or anything else about the song, but the portion that said, ‘Little becomes much when you place it in the Master’s hand’. Today’s text came to mind. I decided I would I give my little to Him and He would magnify my results beyond my wildest imagination. He has done it in the past, He will do it again. I found great peace in knowing He had taken it from me and would work His power into it to get the results I needed.
Are you in the same boat with me, needing Him to bring His bigness into your smallness for life to make sense. He delights in doing just that. Did He not send His Son into this sinful and hopeless world to save mankind? That is the ultimate in bringing His bigness into our smallness. You can be sure, He will do it again and again. It is your smallness and inability that attracts His compassion and draws Him to help us. He will help us. Never forget the words of that song, ’Little becomes much when you place it in the Master’s hand’. CK