But Jesus said to them, "They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat."
And they said to Him, "We have here only five loaves and two fish."
He said, "Bring them here to Me."
Matthew 14:15-18 (NKJV)
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you thought that what you had was not as much as what you needed? This can happen in several different areas, like with our talents, our strength, and our resources. In these types of situations, we tend to think that what we have is not enough and look around for someone or something else that can meet the need. However, what is often the case is that what we have will meet the need if it is used in the right way.
We may look at what we have and think that it is not enough. This is when it is time to turn our attention away from ourselves and turn our eyes on God to see what His solution is for the situation. In the situation with the hungry multitude of people, the disciples looked at themselves, what they had, what they could do, and compared to the natural situation it was not enough. The disciples thought that they could not meet the need and just wanted to send the people away.
Jesus told the disciples that they should give the people something. This was a surprise to the disciples, but when they took what they had and allowed Jesus to work with it the need was met. We may find ourselves in similar situations where we don't know what to do and we hear God say, "You give them something". The idea is not for us to scramble around trying to figure out how to meet the need ourselves, but to allow God to use what we have to meet the need. Next time you find yourself feeling inadequate, let God work in you and through you to meet the need.