God Specializes in Miniscule

How much bread do you have?” he asked. Mark 6:38 (NLT)

Mark records the story of the feeding of the five thousand. In that story, there is a huge crowd of people who had been following Jesus and listening to him speak all day. At the end of the day, Jesus says "Let's feed them." The disciples look around and say "With what? Do you have a feast in your pocket?" And Jesus says, "Well actually, yes I do. But I want you to be involved. How much bread do you have?" The disciples find five loaves and two fish and Jesus performs a miracle feeding everyone with leftovers.

Later in Mark, it happens again. Jesus feeds four thousand and there are leftovers (Mark 8). And somehow the disciples still miss the point. But I don't think we can be too hard on the disciples. Aren't we like this? God provides for us over and over and over again. Every single day all we have is from his provision. But, when things get hard and money is tight or non-existent, we don't trust him. We even go so far as to accuse him of not caring for us.

This thing called trust is earned. Think about it. You don't trust a complete stranger, right? You trust people the most that you've known the longest and that have consistently proven that they are trustworthy. Hasn't God done that? Why do we so easily revert back to our thinking that God is not involved and he is not going to take care of us? We rapidly forget the thing that happened a few months ago that made us swear we'd never lose faith again.

When Jesus asked "How much bread do you have?" he could easily have said "How much trust do you have?" It's really the same thing. In reality, it doesn't matter how much you have to offer. If you offer all of it trusting that God will be God, then you will have way more than you need.