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Faith's Firm Foundation: What Is In Your Hand?

Friday, April 16, 2010

What Is In Your Hand?

Everyday lessons for life
From the Bible record of the feeding of the 5000 as recorded for us in Mark 6:30-44.

35And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:  36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. (emphasis mine) And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.

 41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42And they did all eat, and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men.
What I have is nothing, really--my talents, my abilities, my resources-- in myself, I have nothing to give.  The need, the complexity, the magnitude is so great (whatever is before me on any given day: my "things to do" list, my problems, those who I will meet and the problems they bring to me).  There is no way that what I have will make any difference or meet the need.  Satan says, "Why bother?  Why try?  What difference can it--can you--possibly make?"

He is right, if not for Christ.  When I give Jesus what is in my hand--nothing really, but I give it, nonetheless--a miracle happens.  What before would not even be enough for me--or my family--now is more than enough for all the need!

Why did Jesus instruct the disciples to find out how much food they had?  Perhaps, I think, so they would recognize their total inability within themselves to meet the need.  Now they were ready to recognize Christ at work.  Now they were humble.

He had them sit everyone down on the grass.  Did they believe, or just obey?  Then Jesus gave them back what had been in their hand before, only now it had been transformed by His Touch, His Blessing.  Before He gave it back, He broke it.  When we give ourselves and what is in our hand to Him, we must be willing to be broken.  Then, in obedience, the disciples, and we, give what is in our hand--now transformed, changed, multiplied--to all those before us, and it fills them, feeds them, nourishes them.  And we are not left depleted and empty, but filled ourselves.  There is enough for all when we bring what is in our hand to Jesus.
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Blogger Deb said...

Very good's so hard for us to humble ourselves to be broken. Hope you have a super blessed weekend!!!

April 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Our Country Road said...

Great post, just what I needed to hear. Thank you!

April 16, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie (The Helping Mommy) said...

Thank you so much for this inspirational post! It's so easy to think that we're not good enough or strong enough or wise enough....but if God leads us to something, He will make us enough.
Thanks for the reminder!

April 16, 2010 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger glenda09 said...

This is a wonderful post VERY well said! Thanks! Also thank your for coming by and leaving a comment! I'll be praying for you. Please pray for me, tomorrow we are going to another town to outreach and help a church in out fellowship out reach also. Oh how beautiful the feet! We are going to be witnessing to people in a town about 1 hour from us. Please pray that hearts are softened and minds are open and that tons of people get saved!!! Thank you soo much. I'll be following you now! Happy Friday Follow! LOL its 11:41 pm here so still Friday! Good night! I have to get up at 6 am plus a few times in the middle of the night to feed my little one:)

April 17, 2010 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Just Lisa said...

Very nice post, gives me a lot to think about!

I came by to welcome you to SITS! We're happy to have you with us!

April 17, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

Thanks for the great post. I love your uplifting reminders! And I actually was up at 4:00 am this morning, but I wasn't on the computer. :) My husband worked all night so I didn't sleep well. I actually do schedule my posts the night before. It makes things much easier. :)

April 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you, everyone!
Glenda, I did pray for your outreach--may the Lord save souls and make you bold.
Kel, yes, it is a lot easier when I schedule posts the night before, but I'm not always organized enough to do it, and sometimes the Lord changes my plans, or lays something on my heart that day. (Sorry you couldn't sleep.)
Blessings, everyone--I soooo appreciate your comments!

April 18, 2010 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger JamericanSpice said...

This is how I must approach helping tomorrow. This is the which I should hear/read to inspire me. I was starting to wonder why I did sign up as there's so much fear of me being capable to give, esp with small children on my hip.

Thank you and also for praying for me. I do appreciate this so much.

Enjoy your week.

April 19, 2010 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

Yes Yes Yes. Broken and used for His Glory. He's so faithful to use what we have to bless those around us.

April 19, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

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