What Good Is That?

What Good Is That?

19 December 2009


“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” (John 6:9 NLT)

This miracle, the feeding of five thousand men, plus women and children, is included in all four gospels. It is a remarkable thing Jesus did here!

When he saw the hungry crowd and felt compassion for them, he challenged his closest followers, his disciples, to be part of a miracle. He challenged Philip to consider the impossibility of a natural solution. Andrew discovered the extent of the meager resources at hand, a young boy’s lunch of sardines and biscuits.

Andrew spoke what is often on the mind of well-meaning Christ followers when faced with great challenges and limited resources, “Here’s what we’ve got, but what good is that?”

These meager, apparently inadequate resources were (hesitantly, skeptically, willingly, hopefully, wonderingly, expectantly, desperately?) placed in Jesus’ hands. The rest is history.


Father, I confess to thinking like Andrew did on that day – “The needs are so great and our abilities so small!” “The future looks scary and this is all I have!” Thanks for your patience with my “What good is that?” thinking. I place all that I am and all that I have in your hands. I believe it is good enough and that with the miracle touch of Jesus it will be more than enough. Amen.

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