In the midst of life’s inevitable crisis, think about God; remember the possibilities of God. Don’t relegate God to the background when dealing with the challenges of your life. He should never be the means of last resort. Don’t come to Him only after you have exhausted all other options. I believe that God should be your first port of call in any situation. You should practice this until it becomes a reflex with you; until you don’t even need to apply natural solutions to your problems.
When Jesus was faced with the hungry multitude in a desert place, it was a real crisis. The women and children – and thousands of the men too – were all faint with hunger. They’d been with Jesus for three days without food. That’s a long time to go without food! To worsen things, they were in a desert place. There was no nearby market to buy food. It was a real crisis.
Everybody was reacting to the crisis from a place of fearful humanity. Jesus Christ, however, who also was human at the time, was responding from a place faith and trust in God. His mind was filled with the possibilities of God.
“What do you have?” He asked His disciples.
“Another of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?'”
Notice how Andrew first ‘spoke up.’ The spirit of possibility rose up in Him. He spoke up; that is, he spoke the language of heaven; the language of faith and possibility. But, he seemed to have quickly caught himself and moved back into the realm of defeatist humanistic thinking; “but how far will they go among so many?” He said. This time, he ‘spoke down.’
And so he quenched the Spirit right there. The Spirit of God was trying to rise in him; but he quenched Him.
Understand: When faith rises in your heart, when the possibilities of the Spirit rise in you, don’t quench them. Do not let your old Adamic nature quench the spirit of possibility within you at any point in time.
In the end, Jesus Christ fed the multitude with just five loaves and two fish; because He factored in the possibilities of God into the equation. That’s the model; that’s the way to go.