Unlimited: The Crowds Are Hungry
Dec 11, 2020 575
By this time, it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”
But he answered, “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:35–37, NIV).
It’s late in the day. Jesus taught the large crowd of people all day, and the disciples think they have a problem.
What do they do? They come to Jesus for him to solve it for them!
While Jesus was been teaching the people spiritual truths, the disciples are worried about material things.
There are thousands of people there in that huge crowd, and the disciples are probably tired and hungry, but the crowds don’t want to go. So, the disciples come to Jesus and ask him to call it a day and stop teaching and send the people away so they can get dinner.
But the reality is that the disciples don’t have a problem at all. Because it’s Jesus, God himself, who is teaching and in charge. And if Jesus wants to keep teaching, so be it. He is able to supply the people’s needs at the right time. And he gave the people what they needed most: his teachings.
But the disciples don’t see that. They think they have a problem, because they think they know best and that at some level they are in charge.
So, Jesus says to them, in effect, “Well, if you think there’s a problem, you fix it.”
And that was something that just wasn’t going to work!
Too often we think there’s a problem when there really isn’t, because Jesus is still in control.
And Jesus lets us try to fix it to help us understand that we need to depend on him.
It’s one of the hardest lessons to learn.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: What’s a difficult area in your life right now? Are you willing to let go and trust in Jesus? He’s in control in your life just as he was in these verses.