“No I can’t do it!” Have you ever said that to the Lord? I have. And convinced I could not do it, decided I would not. That it would be fool-hardy to even try. Until the Lord showed me that he is the God of Doing the Rest. Large crowds often followed the Lord, hanging on his every word, longing for a breath of his life-giving truth. And that day, after crossing to the other side of Lake Galilee, was no different.
Some followed him because they’d seen his miracles.
But until that day, none had followed him hoping for food, or to have their material needs met. But that day, with five small loaves of bread and two fish, the Lord fed a multitude.
And he did it with a boy’s small lunch. The Lord didn’t have to use the bread. He could have created something from nothing. But he chose to meet the need with that which the Lord had already supplied.
Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted, (John 6:11).
The disciples didn’t think it possible. “What’s this little dab of food among so many?” they asked. But the Lord took that little and turned into much. And all it took was offering that bit up to God, trusting that he would take care of the rest.
And then he had the people sit down, ready to eat. And from the little that God had already supplied, everyone ate their fill. And they gathered up 12 baskets full of leftovers.
Many times in Scripture God did this. He had people use what they already had in their hands. From Mose’s rod to David’s five smooth stones, and the widow’s jar of oil that never ran out.
But we often overlook what the Lord has already supplied.
And we allow our perceived lack — both materially and spiritually — to keep us from acting. From obeying and stepping out in faith. Yet the Lord has given gifts and talents to each of us. Even though these are never enough. We are weak and frail. We need, and will always need, the Lord’s help. And this helps us see that he is the God of doing the rest.
Like the time I didn’t want to speak before a women’s group when the Lord called me to. Not that I mind public speaking. But who was I to bring God’s Word? My knowledge is little, my talents few. Just like those little barley loaves and few fish. It just wasn’t enough, and I’d surely fall flat on my face. And worse yet, let God down.
Until he showed me that little becomes much — when we place it in his hands.
“I’ve already given you much, haven’t I?” he asked. “Haven’t I helped you overcome fear? Haven’t I taught you to become more patient? Haven’t I showed you that no matter how much you give up to follow me I will always give you back even more? You’ve got a story to tell. My story in your life. Share that, and I will do the rest.”
So I got up to speak that day, shaking and trembling all over. I’d heard of speakers saying their knees went weak. But weak knees? I felt like a jelly fish!
And then it happened! I opened my mouth, and not a word would come out. “Why hadn’t I thought to get a glass of water?” I thought in panic, feverishly trying to loosen my tongue from the roof of my mouth.
“You see, Lord,” I said, “I knew I couldn’t do this.”
So he said, “You’re right, my child. But I already knew that.” (Then why was he having me do this???) “Just open your mouth to speak the words I gave you — and I’ll do the rest.”
I’m sure the women that day wondered what kind of strange speaker I was.
Or thought, perhaps, they’d misunderstood the announcement, and were really there to watch a comedy act. My head bobbing about as I tried to move my tongue surely made a pretty convincing chicken act. “What comes next?” they probably asked.
“OK,” I whispered to the Lord, as my tongue started moving. “I’ll open my mouth, but you’ll have to take over.”
And he did. It was nothing less than a miracle. For my words that day were strong and powerful, and touched every heart in that room. I spoke on fear and overcoming it.
And that one of the most powerful tools we have is just using the little the Lord has given us. Just taking that little, offering it up to him, and waiting for him to do the rest. And he always does. He’s the God of doing the rest. That message was living proof of it.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me, (Philippians 4:13).
You may also think don’t have much to offer God. But offer it up in thanksgiving. He will take care the rest.
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