62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. — Luke 9:62
More than anything, it is the imagery of 5000+ individuals being fed by Jesus while journeying through the wilderness and being taught by Him that plays in the mind of bible believers. The narrative stands well as the ability of Jesus to take care of any and every need of man. However, maybe an even stronger narrative finds its base in the fact that no one, with the exception of one little boy, thought to bring anything to eat. While most people look at the fact that Jesus was able to use 2 fishes and 5 loaves of bread and feed 5000+ people on that day, I believe that the strength of the story in fact lies in the idea that this many people chose to follow The Lord and yet did not think to prepare even a meal to take along.
Many times we fully intend to follow Jesus, but, we want to do it AFTER we get things in order. The truth is that they had no time to take care of anything else. For those who would have chosen to prepare a meal to take along; they would have missed the blessing of Jesus. When Jesus makes the statement in Matthew 6:31, that we should “… take no thought, saying, “What shall we eat” and then follows that point in verse 33 by saying we should “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”, the point being made is that when we are actively seeking HIM, that he is ready, willing and able to provide everything we need. So, why wait when we know His providence is covering us when we follow Him?
Even in our daily lives, it often appears that we use the notion of “waiting on The Lord” as an excuse to remain stagnant; telling ourselves that we are awaiting confirmation before we move. The Lord is saying, GO… and, yet, we want to know where, and why, and for how long. He’s saying, Seek ME first and I will give you everything you need to continue on, and yet, we need the details first before we will seek. In our walk with Christ, it is not so important to understand the what, when, where, why or the how, so as long as we understand the **WHO**. The bible says that He is Able to keep us from falling as well as present us faultless before the presence of His glory.
Sure, our logic says that we need to be prepared before we leave, but, when The Lord enters the equation, all logic goes away. I mean, personally, my logic has never fed 5000 people.
Bless the Lord.