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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flying with Thursday's Word Little by Brenda Smith

I went to Thursday's Word  and 'borrowed' this.

WORD: LITTLE SCRIPTURE: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come yea, buy wine and milk without money, and without price, “ Isaiah 55:1 DEFINED: Small amount of. LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT. In the midst of the Lord’s ministry there was a problem – multitudes of people were in a desert place one late afternoon and everyone was hungry. The disciples have 5,000 hungry men (John 6:10) on their hands.

The Gospel of Matthew does not include women and children so the total could be as much as 10,000 – 15,000. And yet what the Lord used to feed the multitudes – five loaves and two fishes (John 6:9-10) – with 12 baskets more to spare! The miracle of the feeding of the five thousand is the one miracle along with the resurrection that is included in all four Gospels. It held strong appeal, especially for those who had learned of Israel’s experience in the wilderness when God “rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them food from heaven.” God has always been a provider of His people’s needs. He will always be.

The question is: “Will we see our true needs and look to Him to provide them?” Jesus is the One who is the hope of the Second Exodus, which will lead to freedom from mankind’s slavery to self, sin, and Satan. When Jesus asked Philip where they could buy a great amount of bread, Philip started assessing the probable cost. He was the logical thinker of the group, the dollars and cents man. His reply stresses the hopelessness of the situation judged from the meager resources of the group.

Two hundred denaril or eight months wages would not buy enough to give this crowd a little taste. Philip does not come up with a solution, but points out the hopeless impossibility. Jesus wanted to teach him that financial resources are not the most important ones. We can limit what God does in us by assuming what is and is not possible. Is there some impossible task that you believe God wants you to do? Don’t let your estimate of what can’t be done keep you from taking on the task.

God can do the miraculous; trust Him to provide the resources.Andrew came to Jesus with a lad who had five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people? This child had volunteered his lunch, knowing it was not much but at least it was something. The lad brought what little he had, and it made a difference.

If we offer nothing to God, He will have nothing to use. But only God can take what little we have and turn it into something great! LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT. A little bread becomes plenty. A little army becomes mighty. A little prayer gets answered. A little light becomes the universe. A little faith can move a mountain! Yes! LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT... This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine!

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