A Vision for Provision

Key idea: I will not allow my lack to limit my Lord.

Read Mark 6:30-31. A swarm of excited fans continue to press upon Jesus, making it impossible for him and his disciples even to take time to eat. Jesus is aware of how this ministry is taking its toll on the disciples. Most of Jesus’ public ministry was a whirlwind of activity. However, Jesus always made time for prayer and rest.

Read Mark 6:32–34. I am sure the disciples were irritated by this intrusion to their hopes of privacy and rest. Jesus, on the other hand, does not show any irritation with the crowds for chasing them down. Instead, he has compassion on them. See Lamentations 3:22-23.

The compassion of Christ never takes a break.

 

There are some strong parallels in this passage to the OT accounts of Moses. See Isaiah 63:11; Hebrews 3:3. Jesus came to usher in a new exodus. Not a physical exodus from a land of captivity but a spiritual exodus from spiritual captivity. See Numbers 27:15-17. So Jesus, the Good Shepherd, gathers the sheep to him. 

Mark 6:35–37. The disciples see the obstacles — lots of people…remote place…very late. So they make a very logical suggestion. Send them packing so we can finally have some dinner and uninterrupted rest. Besides, we don’t have the resources to feed them. The disciples couldn’t take Jesus’ command seriously. They were so focused on the obstacles — remote place with limited resources — that they lose sight of who they are with: Jesus.

When your problems are greater than your resources, remember who your True Source is.

 

Jesus gave them a command. With Christ’s command comes the ability to achieve it. When Moses doubted the Lord’s ability to provide food for the millions of Israelites wandering in the wilderness, this is the Lord’s response (See Numbers 11:23).

Read Mark 6:38. He tells them to take an inventory. In John’s account of this miracle, Andrew finds a boy who is willing to share his lunch. See John 6:8-9.

Acting on the basis of human wisdom, His disciples saw the problem but not the potential. Where we see a lack, Jesus sees abundance. Where we see human problems, He sees and accomplishes divine possibilities. A SMALL amount can become HUGE with Jesus!

The first step is not to measure our resources, but to determine God’s will and trust Him to meet the need. If I only measure my resource, I will miss a God-sized opportunity every time. Rather than begin with measuring your resources, catch a vision for provision of our God who is over all resources. God has resources that we know nothing about, so we can trust Him and be at peace even when we can’t figure out how He will provide.

God’s way of provision always begins with what we already have. He wants us to use what we already have wisely. Don’t foolishly pray for more from God if you don’t use what He already has given you in a godly way.

Read Mark 6:39–41. God loves to demonstrate His power and sufficiency in our lives. Often He allows problems to invade our lives that are far beyond our abilities or resources to handle. Why? He wants us to look to Him — to trust Him regardless of our perceived limits.

The miracle took place in Jesus’ hands, not in theirs; for whatever we give to Him, He can bless and multiply. When you trust in your True Source the desolate place becomes a place of plenty.

Read Mark 6:42–44. Jesus provided extravagantly, yet simply. As long as He was making food miraculously, He could have provided steak and lobster and any number of other great things. But He simply gave people bread and fish. When Jesus provides, don’t be surprised if He provides simply.

Who is your provider? I really challenge you to drill down on this question today. Most Christians believe that God is their provider but they don’t live according to that belief.

I will not allow my lack to limit my Lord.