Jesus had lots of experiences where crowds gathered to see what He was all about. But Jesus saw these people differently than we would.
Matthew 9:36 NASB
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
How Jesus saw people was incredible, and we can see people the same. When He saw them, there was a purpose that had been built in to Jesus. He did something about it.
The same has to be true for us. Seeing needs… we do something about it. Seeing people who need hope and life and Jesus… we do something about it. The problem is that we look at people so different than God does. Often we see challenges when God sees opportunity.
We will respond different to an opportunity than we will a problem. Remember that nothing is impossible with God.
Jesus saw people differently. The situation where Jesus fed 5,000 men and their families proves that fact. He saw people at the point of their need, at the point of the situation where they were. Jesus knew how to get people’s attention.
Sometimes it was a simple touch. Sometimes it was a statement of truth. But every time was to help someone’s eyes be open to God. In this case Jesus saw the masses and did something about it.
We cannot see needs and crawl in a hole just to take care of ourselves. When He saw the masses, He turned to build a few men who would change the world
Matthew 20:34 NASB
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.
Jesus did something about the needs of these people because God knows our needs. The Bible reminds us many times that Jesus was in similar situations that we have been, and God knows our needs, He knows how to meet our needs. We are not off His radar. In fact God loves us so much that He is ready to respond to our needs.
Matthew 6:8 NASB
So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Philippians 4:19 NASB
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The next thing we remember is that God cares about our situation. It is natural for humans to trust ourselves and not to trust God. Yet when we chose to trust God something changes. We acknowledge that God can meet our need and that He cares about us. Our God can be trusted!
1 Peter 5:7 NASB
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Our fears, our worries, our struggles are all in the possibilities of what God can do. In fact when we trust God our fear is pushed out by faith, but by allowing fear to reign in our lives faith is pushed away from our lives. That’s a big deal.
Look at Mark 6 (or any of the passages that tell the story of Jesus and the disciples feeding the 5,000) and notice the difference between humanity and deity, between man and God. In Mark 6:37 the disciples told Jesus to send the people to the local towns and farms to get food, but Jesus looked at His disciples and said, “you feed them”.
Can you imagine what the disciples were thinking? This demonstrates the difference between knowing the plan of God and trying to do things on our own. When Jesus looks at people, He sees them very differently than we see them.
Romans 4:21 NASB
and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.
God is ready to meet needs and to love people. That is why He sees us in a different way. God knows our need and does something about our need all because He cares for people.
That is God’s plan and purpose for Jesus. The disciples found some bread and a couple fish, and I am sure we, like the disciples, would question how to feed thousands of people with only a little bit of food. We must realize that God can do more with what we have than we can do with what we have.
*** Psalm 78:11 NASB
They forgot His deeds And His miracles that He had shown them.
We cannot forget what Jesus did in the past because He will do it again. Reassure yourself and others that God cares for you and will meet your need, but it won’t start until we give it all to Him.
Our step toward God defends our faith and begins the process or miracles. God will provide because God cares and knows your need and mine.
Yesterday at The Community Fellowship we began a new series called “back in the day” where we will be looking as some awesome stories from the Bible. My prayer is that God will allow us to look at the past and remember that our futures are in the hand of God. What God did the past He will do again and even more.