Jesus challenges us. It had been a long day. It was beginning to get late. His disciples came to him and said to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.” You feed them, he challenged them.
They came to him with a problem and a simple solution. They knew they couldn’t feed them because there were close to 5,000 men and there was no food. No one was prepared to be there so long with Jesus.
They also should have known that God can provide food when there is none. They had been around Jesus long enough to know this. Our faithless solutions don’t allow God to shine through.
And so … Jesus challenges us to seek God first, don’t depend on our own solutions even when we have one and let Him shine through.
God has a goal for us. It is to trust Him and not ourselves.
“You feed them,” Jesus said. (Luke 9:13)