Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, “Send the crowd away to go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find lodging and get provisions, for we are here in a desolate place.” But he said to them, “You give them something to eat.” They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fishunless we are to go and buy food for all these people. For there were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each. And they did so, and had them all sit down.  Luke 9:12-15

How often do we pray to God whenever we are in need and just see God as a genie who automatically grants our wishes? We ask him to “do something” that we want. Whenever we are broken, we pray for things like “Lord, fix me” or “Lord, I have this problem. Fix it for me.” Expecting for a miracle to happen instantly, we call it “faith”.

Faith is our response to God’s revealed character. It is not something that is intrinsic in us

You will notice in the above Scripture passage that the disciples actually used an imperative sentence toward the Lord Jesus Christ about their present “situation.” They ask the Lord Jesus Christ to “send them away.”

Yet, Jesus answered back with an imperative sentence as well but since He is Lord, the disciples might be wondering, “how?” Then the disciples proposed a solution that didn’t really seem like a solution that could work by simply having five loaves and two fish. That’s where faith starts to rise – when you propose a solution. To make it happen, we see on verse 15, “And they did so, and had them all sit down.”

O B E D I E N C E.

Sometimes, we are like the disciples. We come to the Lord Jesus asking Him to do something for us, yet He has His own way. We tend to lay down our options and solutions to our problems to God and ask Him to do it for us. Surmise how rude we are sometimes in our prayers. Yet, at the end of the day, God is sovereign and His ways are perfect. Just like the disciples did, we can just fully obey God when He finally gives us instructions on how to deal with our present circumstances.

How about you? What are your ways that you still insist to God? Are there experiences that God has shown you that His ways are better than our ways? Reflect on this and learn on how to depend on Jesus’ way all the more.

— Written By: Darwin Cruz