Faith that acts in obedience
That evening the disciples came to him and said, “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.” But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”...They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! Matthew 14:15-16, 20-21 One of the difficulties in the Christian life is finding out what God’s will is. The reason there is a struggle because of the difficulty to take God at His word. From the text, God provided us an example as to how to take the risk especially when we know that we are obeying His command. This is what the disciples experienced when God told them to do something that was beyond their ability. In their obedience to God, they experienced a miracle; five thousand men, along with their families, who were starving and Jesus fed them all with only five loaves of bread and two small fish. It may have seemed ridiculous to the disciples that Jesus should ask them to distribute the measly amount of food to the massive crowd. Yet that is exactly what Jesus asked them to do. Because Jesus had given the command, the disciples obeyed and witnessed an incredible miracle. There are certain things in life that we do not know what to do, but God knows what He is doing. All He wants from us is to grow each day learning how to trust Him. He may lead us into something that might seem to be impossible for we do not have the inner capacity to do the task. Yet God is leading us to try not to avoid it instead He wants us to stay at it and be dependent upon Him. The key difference between what appears to be impossible to us and what is actually possible is a word from our Lord! Faith accepts His divine command and obeys in a direction that only God can complete. If we only attempt things that we know are possible with the visible resources we possess, we will not experience the miracle-working God and those around us will miss to see God at work through us. Let us take inventory of our life and the decisions we are presently facing. If God is asking us to take the next step of faith, let us not hesitate. Let each day of our lives be a continual action of growth in confidence because we trust Him. Do not let your faith to be just an academic exercise but an expression of conviction that there is nothing between us and God as far as our faith is concerned.
Noel De Guzman