Addition Through Submission

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Do you find yourself in situations that seem way too big for you to resolve? What’s your response in those moments?

  • Do you pass the buck?
  • Do you give up?

God allows us to get in situations that are over our heads, but they are not over His! Be aware of the temptation to feel that God has left you.

  • God has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • He said that nothing will separate His love from you. Romans 8:38-39

Your emotions will never change that truth. It’s an impossibility for God to abandon you! He can’t even think about doing it because He can’t do it.

In one of Jesus’ most prolific miracles, we see how God is vested in our problems and we’ll learn the secret of addition through submission. Our human limitations do not limit God. They serve as an opportunity for His supernatural provision.

(Read John 6:1-13)

The feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle all four gospels have in common. This fact highlights the significance of what Jesus is attempting to teach us.

“Jesus said to Phillip, ‘Where are we going to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” John 6:5

Jesus made Himself a part of the solution to Phillip’s problem. As a Christian, your problems are His problems. Jesus does not exclude Himself from our predicaments. He involves Himself in the solution process so that we never face an obstacle alone.

In response to Jesus’ question, Phillip begins to calculate the cost involved in feeding all these people. He determines that eight months’ salary would not be enough to cover the amount of bread needed.

Set aside the cost involved, in first-century life, it would not be reasonable to think that on a whim, there would be a single-baker nearby who had that much bread on hand for a crowd this size.

Andrew, on the other hand, takes a different approach and surveys the crowd to see if anyone has enough rations to help give everyone at least a bite to eat. After his investigation, he returns with a bag lunch from a child.

This initial analysis compounds the hopelessness of the situation. Clearly stated, it’s bigger than what Phillip or Andrew can handle. But whatever God asks you to do, He will supply you with the means to do it.

The Bible is filled with moments like this. Moses felt incompetent to confront Pharaoh as God told Him I will give you the words to speak. Abraham could not understand how a man in his advanced years was going to be the father of people too numerous to count, but God would provide.

The disciples are about to participate in a miracle that they could not explain much less understand. Andrew took the very little he had, an insignificant amount, and placed it in God’s hands, who can do exceedingly, abundantly more than they could do on their own.

If you take away only one thing today’s talk, it’s this; God will multiply what you put into His hands.

The Bible is filled with reminders that when we commit ourselves and our ways to God and put what we have in His hands, He will return it to us in more ways than one, i.e. Luke 6:38, Psalm 37:4-5, Proverbs 16:3.

The problem the disciples faced was beyond their ability to solve. The number 5,000 is just the men, but we know there are children present and most likely women. The people present total more like 10,000-20,000 people. This amplified the need and made the situation even more hopeless.

God’s blessing picks up where man’s resources leave off. For the miracle to happen, the disciples had to give Jesus the very little they had.

As long as we hold on to what we have, we may not see the miracle.

To give God all you have, no matter how small, is a declaration of your trust in Him as your provider. If you’re facing a problem without a solution, your breakthrough may be waiting on your submission.

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