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Put it all in the Lord’s hands

“And they said unto him, we have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18. He said, Bring them hither to me.” Matt. 14: 17,18, KJV

I have found that we as a people of God oftentimes willingly express our faith through testimonials as to how we trust God to take care of all our needs.

However though, if the truth be told, in spite of our testimonials about the goodness of God, and how we trust God, we still too often engage certain principles that are contrary to what we espouse regarding our faith. One of the principles is to “never put all your eggs in one basket.” You see there is something about giving up everything you got and trusting it to someone else and leaving none for yourself to control and sometimes that includes the Lord.

That is precisely what has happened in this familiar story in the Gospel of Matthew regarding Jesus feeding the 5,000. What has occurred is that there is an immediate need for resources beyond the capacity of the disciples. And after trying to disregard the matter and escape the responsibility of dealing with the matter the critical need remains. They cite their meager resources of only five loaves and two small fishes, which is obviously insufficient for the demand at hand. Jesus in turn, tells them to, “Bring them here to me.” In other words, “Put it all in my hands.”

And upon doing so, it makes all the difference and a miracle is wrought. Because of their obedience, their insufficiency is transformed to a miraculous level of sufficiency by their willingness to trust the Lord with what little they had available.

This account provides the believer in Christ valuable lessons of encouragement as we struggle through this challenging season of pandemic coupled with other ongoing matters that we cannot resolve on our own. It speaks to the weighty issues of life that presses upon our spirit, or the burden that is too heavy to shoulder alone. It is possible to enjoy a close walk with the Lord but still there will be many times in your walk with him that what you possess is insufficient to meet the demands of life. Always know that he constantly tells us, “Put it all in his hands.” Therefore, it is important to surrender to him all of what you have available to be multiplied or that which plagues you. You will be amazed to receive a blessing of a miracle proportion because of your obedience of “Putting it all in His hands.”

Why not today, “put it all in his hands.”

REV. DR. James Taylor III is pastor of Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville. His email address is jht3@verizon.net.