When You See Something You’ve Never Seen Before

Last Sunday, the Church At Home I attended explored Matthew 14:31-21 using the “Lectio Divini” (divine reading) approach to digging into scripture. 

This passage recounts one of the most well-known miracles of Jesus – the feeding of the 5,000. However, due to its familiarity, it’s possible to overlook fresh insights that the Holy Spirit might intend to impart.

That was exactly what happened!

As we took time to chew over the verses in this well-known story, something struck a number of us that had never stood out before.

In verse 15, the disciples turn to Jesus and say, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”

Other translations exchange the word remote for desolate, isolated, lonely, or wilderness. The disciples were clear with Jesus. “These people won’t get fed in a place like this. Let’s send them away!”

I suppose, given that Jesus is God, he could have effortlessly transported everyone to a place of abundant provision. But instead, Jesus opted to perform a miracle in the midst of the desolate place.

That’s what struck us! Jesus didn’t take them out of the desolate place, but He generously provided for them whilst they were still there!

We are never meant to ‘dwell’ in desolate places, yet often we find ourselves in such difficult spaces. This story reminds us that God is able to provide what we need in these challenging moments – perhaps the ‘bread’ of hope, peace, comfort, direction, or strength.

Let’s continue to pray for those who feel desolate and isolated. Let’s pray that their situation and circumstances will change. But let’s also pray that they will experience God’s supernatural good provision, even there!



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