WEEK 10: Trust Fall
“When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for He already had in mind what He was going to do.” John 6:5-6, NLT)
On a recent trip to the Middle East, we again felt overwhelmed by the need that exists within refugee communities. Firstly, you’re struck by their material needs. At the place where we were, the refugees are not allowed to work, but they are expected to pay monthly rent for the extremely run-down apartments they are put in. Most of the time, you won’t find electricity, water and furniture in these dwellings … not to mention other basics like food, diapers and clothes. Then, while you’re talking to them, you start to realise their emotional and spiritual needs as well.
One morning, an Irish pastor shared with us the following message from John 6 during a team devotion. He said that when Jesus multiplied the fish and bread for the 5,000, He was looking for faith and willingness from His disciples. He was not caught off guard by the hungry crowd and already knew what the outcome for the day would be, but He was looking for faith and willingness from His disciples, not from the crowd. He was not even looking for big faith, only faith like a mustard seed.
Just like the disciples, our measures of faith and willingness have an effect on others. When we put our faith and trust in God (albeit in small measures like a mustard seed), it will have an impact on the ‘crowd’ around us. That little boy’s lunch of dried fish and barley bread (which was considered a ‘poor man’s meal’) that Andrew handed to Jesus had an enormous impact on the lives of those around him. We need to realise that it’s not about what we have and how much we have, it’s about our willingness to hand it over and have faith in the One whose hands we put it in.
“Faith is the willingness to risk anything on God.” – Jack Hyles