Trust, Hope and Faith
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. Jeremiah 17:7
There is no greater power we can trust and no greater assurance we can know than the trust and assurance we have in the Lord God. That assurance and trust is the true foundation of our faith. We are the just and that justification has been granted to us through the work of Salvation in Jesus Christ. As the just, we are called to live by faith.
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
Faith is, in many ways, a commodity but more accurately it is what we do in response to the measure of faith we have. We can possess little faith or great faith.
“Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?” Matthew 16:8
“Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Matthew 15:28
Faith that is faith only in words and/or good intensions without action to back it up is not faith. Only when faith coupled with actions that correspond to it is the faith that moves mountains and the faith that pleases God.
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. James 2:14-24
Now, this is in no way and indictment to perform to some unrealistically high spiritual standard exceeded only by Jesus, Himself. It is, however, an admonition to be more than just one who gives lip service to their faith. Jesus admonished the disciple to use whatever faith they had, which was clearly more than they thought they had, otherwise, He would not have told them to feed the people.
“When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” He said, ‘Bring them here to Me’” Matthew 14:16-18
Did you notice what Jesus did not say when the disciples said, we only have five loaves and two fish? He didn’t say, “Whoa! That isn’t nearly enough!” “Is that all you got?” Or, “You’re right. Just tell the people to go away and get provisions for themselves.”
No. He was not moved by the limit of what they thought of the provision they had. They were convinced that the small bit of food they had was woefully inadequate for the need. And by itself it was. But Jesus told them to bring to Him what they had.
That is a key to the miracle. Jesus wanted to demonstrate for them that He can provide from whatever we bring to Him, no matter how small, to feed a multitude, five thousand, six thousand, twelve thousand, whatever the need it doesn’t matter. What we have to do is place what we have in His hands and leave the rest to Him.
He will not fail us, He will not disappoint us nor abandon us to our meager resources alone.
Jesus summons us to “‘Bring them here to Me.’ When we do, He makes the miracle happen.