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Nothing! Really?

12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”  Luke 9:12-13

The disciples saw “Nothing!”

1. We’ve done all we can do here.  (We did our part. This looks like a good place to stop.)
2. The people have needs. (Compassion)
3. We can’t meet them. (Impossibilities, Out of Options)
4. We’re done here. (Expectations met or even exceeded. The disciples were trying to have quiet time before the crowd found them.)
5. Advised Jesus what needed to happen next. (Role reversal)
6. Questioned Jesus’ instructions. (Doubt expressed)

But Jesus saw Reality:

1. Saw need and knew Who could meet it. (Focused on God’s characteristics, not human limitations)
2. Did not walk away from “impossibilities”. (Saw what could be: FAITH)
3. Directed the disciples (Instruction without condemnation)
4. Offered what existed to God (Invited God’s power knowing God’s compassionate nature)
5. Watched God exceed their expectations. (Gave disciples & crowd a glimpse of God’s love and ability to provide)

Real faith meets real needs. Real faith takes action. (Hebrews 11)


God will exceed our expectations. (Ephesians 3: 19-21)

Thank You God for showing me how “limited” I see myself and my circumstances.  I want to think like Jesus did. He knew (knows) Your power is limitless and Your love is extravagant.  Increase my faith Lord like you did in the lives of the disciples and the crowd. Reveal to me, Father, the limits I see as unchangeable.  I want to please You with an active faith.  Transform my thinking so that I can react to what seems like “nothing” the way Jesus did.  Amen


45 Minutes after writing this blog, I read this from:


August 3, 2009

Jesus said to (His disciples), “There is no need for the crowds to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me.” (Matthew 14: 16-18)

Lord, when I feel  things won’t be enough today, be my more-than-enough God. When I fear things to be impossible today, be my all-things-are-possible God. Amen.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.