6 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?… 8 One of His disciples, Andrew, said unto him, 9 There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?… 12 When they were filled, He said unto His disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain that nothing be lost.
I’m sure you’re familiar with this passage. It wasn’t a ‘planned’ meeting because it started out with just Jesus and His disciples enjoying a get-away time on the hillside by the Sea of Galilee. But people came. Jesus, full of love and compassion, wanted to meet all their needs.
It’s interesting that Jesus first asks Philip about where they could find some food to feed everyone. He wanted to see how His disciples would respond but Jesus already knew what He’d do: He’d supply their needs. Philip told Him they only had a little money and it wouldn’t feed everyone. Philip couldn’t see how they could help all the folks. Then Andrew steps in and declares that in the crowd there was a young boy who had five loaves and two small fish. When he told Jesus, he added a phrase that so many of us use: “but what is that among so many?”
Andrew saw the limited resources but couldn’t go farther. He got stuck with the limitations and didn’t believe for the full manifestation. Jesus didn’t condemn His disciples but gave them a miraculous object lesson. He took what they had, blessed it, and provided for every single person.
That’s what Jesus is still doing today. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. We have the same problem seeing God’s move in our lives like Philip and Andrew. We can’t see passed our present circumstances. What lies before us seems BIGGER than Jesus. That’s limiting.
It’s time to step beyond the limitations you see in front of you and step into believing that He will supply your needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus. It’s a done deal as far as Jesus is concerned. He’s waiting for you to believe and put your faith into action. Are you ready?