- Gideon's 300 men routed a great host of the Midianites.
- Daniel was in exile but rose to become adviser to four kings in his lifetime.
- The widow's two coins were a greater offering than that of the rich Pharisee.
- The boy's lunch was enough to feed more than 5,000 men.
There is a hymn that we sing regularly "All to Jesus, I surrender. All to him I freely give". When we do that sincerely, we enter into partnership with our mighty God who will then be able to use us. Therefore let us not say, “we have nothing to give or we have too little to give.” Rather let us be like the little boy with the five loaves and two fish who said, “I only have this but I will give it to the Lord anyway.”
Jesus performed the miracle of feeding ALL the people, even though it appeared that there was NOT enough to go around. This impossible feat became possible only because one little boy was faithful in the small things that he had with him. I know when we have little, it can be hard to share with others but I believe that what we give to God is returned to us many times over in the joy and satisfaction that he fills our hearts with. What we give to our Lord in time, energy and resources will give us far greater fulfillment than if we were to use them for ourselves.
So that is the challenge before us today. Let us not struggle and lament at what we are unable to do for God in the church today. Let us learn from this miracle that tasks that look impossible with our own resources are opportunities for God to manifest his glory. Miracles are possible if we perform our part faithfully first and commit what we cannot do to our Lord who is sovereign over all things.