She had found herself in a desolate place. From a deep pit, she cried out many times but felt as though no one heard her. She tried every way possible to escape the trial that was reaping havoc on her life, instead of allowing her Savior to both teach and mold her through it. She pondered over places she could run to, in order to escape. She devised numerous strategies, based on her own understanding, to better deal with her situation. Yet one by one, her plans crumbled. Finally, she gave up. She no longer believed that she could obtain help in the middle of her desolate situation. Yet what appeared to be impossible, was soon to be met by a miracle worker. A Savior, who would not only step on the scene of her situation, but would turn it all around for His glory, and for her good. The woman’s hopelessness was met by God’s faithfulness.
Throughout God’s word, we read of countless moments when hopelessness was met by miracles.
Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities. (14) When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick. (Matthew 14:13-14).
Jesus was stirred with compassion for the masses of individuals He encountered. He realized they were like, “Sheep without a Shepherd.” He spent time instructing the people as well as healing the sick. It was important to Jesus then (as it is today) to minister to His creation.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” 17 They *said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” 18 And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” 19 Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, 20 and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. 21 There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:15-21).
As the day began to draw to a close, the disciples approached Jesus with a declaration, as well as a plan for an urgent need they observed.
When it was evening, the disciples came to Him and said, “This place is desolate and the hour is already late; so send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” (v.15)
This Place is Desolate.
The first thing the disciples noticed, and even declared was, “This place is desolate.” In their limited view, the disciples viewed the surroundings as a hopeless situation. How in the world could they obtain food from such a place? Before Jesus was given a chance to intervene, the disciples had already determined in their mind, “It’s hopeless.” It’s desolate.
What about you? Are you currently residing in what appears to be a “Desolate situation?” Does your trial look bleak? Do your surroundings look hopeless?
The Hour is Already Late.
The second point the disciples made was, “The hour is already late.” How in the world could food (a miracle) be obtained at this hour, especially in a place of desolation?
Some of the greatest miracles that Jesus has brought has come at the last hour. I recall one particular time when I was in need of a job with benefits. My current insurance was about to end and I was in need of a miracle. God moved, I was hired, and the new insurance started, the very next day, as the other ended, the day before.
God’s timing is not our timing. He will come through for you. But in His timing, and in His way. Remember, He sees the big picture, while you only see the view in front of you. Put your watch down and let Him work.
So send the crowds away, that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.
The disciple’s plan of action, for those in need of a miracle, was, to send them away. Who did the disciples say this to? Jesus. Who? Jesus. Why would the disciples say, to the miracle worker, “Send them away?” (Most likely) because they were leaning on their own understanding of what needed to be done, forgetting that Jesus could bring a miracle anywhere, anytime, even out of a desolate situation.
What about you? Are you currently trying to run from your trial? Are you thinking of jumping ship, in order to seek a miracle? Have you given up, thinking God can no longer heal your marriage, fix your job situation, or even family ties? Read on my friend!
Jesus listened to the disciple’s declaration. Then responded with His own:
They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!
Jesus knew the miracle that was about to take place. He reminded the disciples of a very important truth. He was the miracle worker. A change of scenery would not bring the miracle. Nor would a desolate place, stop one from happening.
The disciples replied, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” They seem to have focused more on the scarcity of food, than on the Provider Himself.
Jesus stated: “Bring them here to Me.”
Jesus had listened to the disciple’s plan of action for feeding the five thousand. He let them talk, share and describe the dire circumstances. Then when they had finished, He stepped in, took over and made a powerful statement. “Bring them here to Me.”
How many times do we attempt to fix our own problems? How many times do we question our Savior’s ability to bring forth a miracle? How many times do we debate and even declare the impossibility of a miracle in our desolate situation? Friend, Jesus is still saying today, what He said to the disciples back then, “Bring it to Me.”
In the hands of a Savior was placed the loaves and the fish. The result? A miracle. At the beginning of the story, the disciples saw no way to feed the people. Yet after placing the situation in the hands of Jesus, they witnessed the miraculous. Before the miracle, they only saw desolation. After the miracle, they saw Jesus. Yet in all truthfulness, Jesus was there the entire time, even when it looked desolate and hopeless.
Point to ponder: The (surroundings) or (circumstances) of our situation does not have the final say. Only Jesus does. Desolation does not remove Jesus from the scene. It provides opportunity for a miracle. Instead of telling Jesus how desolate our situation is, let’s declare how mighty He will be through it. Let your hopelessness be met by your Savior.
“Bring them here to Me.”
blog written by: Shea Lowery