Living With the Perspective of God
The other day I was thinking of the story, Feeding the Five Thousand found in Luke Chapter 9. It is a story that I have heard time and time again, and one that I was reminded of recently. If you are not familiar with the story, here is a short recount of what Luke and the disciples experienced that day.
When Jesus and the disciples were in Bethsaida, a desolate place with limited resources, Jesus asked the disciples to feed those who came to hear him speak; a crowd of five thousand.
The disciples responded, “‘We only have five loaves of bread and two fish…unless we go and buy food for all these people.’”
Jesus, “taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, spoke a blessing and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.”
The five loaves and two fish fed the five thousand and provided 12 basketfuls of leftovers.
While the disciples were in dismay because Jesus had requested that they do the impossible by feeding the five thousand, Jesus was at peace. Why is that? Jesus was able to request this of his disciples because he knew that God would provide for the five thousand who had come to hear him speak. While the disciples were looking at Jesus’s request with their perspective, Jesus was looking at the situation with God’s perspective; making the impossible, possible.
Can you imagine how the disciples would have reacted if they were approaching the task of feeding five thousand people with the perspective of God? Luke would be telling a very different story as the disciples would have welcomed the five thousand with open arms and boasted of the great feast that was to be given to them. Although their circumstance didn’t change as they only had five loaves and two fish before Jesus blessed and broke the food apart, they would no longer have seen feeding the five thousand as an impossible feat but as instead an opportunity to show how God can provide for his children.
Even though we may not have to feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, we all face trials and problems throughout the day that seem impossible to resolve. When we face these issues, take a moment and view the situation with God’s perspective. By doing so, we may be able to recognize solutions that we had not seen before, due to our way of thinking.
Remember; nothing is too difficult for our God.