Bring it.

“They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish.’ And Jesus said, ‘Bring them here to me.’” ~Matthew 14:17-18

One of the frequently asked questions as we prepare for seminary is: “How are you going to pay for that?” My responses have ranged from a long sigh, to a nervous laugh, to simply “I have no idea.” But don’t get me wrong. I am not worried about it.

Eight years ago, Toby felt the Holy Spirit leading him to participate in a mission trip to China. The cost was $3,000. We did not have the money, and we were told nobody has ever been able to raise all of their funds. We were gently reminded that we needed to have a Plan B, in case we did not raise all the money. We prayed about it and still had no Plan B, only Plan A, which was “raise all the funds”. We felt God was going to completely provide the money.

Sure enough, through His people, God provided all of the money needed, plus some. As soon as the church received the full $3,000, there was a lull in incoming responses from donors. It was as if God was saying, “See?” And then, as if He had even more to say, even more money came in and was shared among the other volunteers on the team. We were blessed to witness God’s providing. Not just financially, but spiritually as well. We were given a memorable lesson on trust. And that is invaluable.

When God says “Bring it” (Matthew 14:18), then bring it and watch Him feed thousands. When God says, “Let down your nets” (Luke 5:4), then go fishing and see how He provides. When God says, “Take away the stone” (John 11:39), then take it away and witness His power over death and the grave.

In my experience, when God gives us an impossible task, He rarely offers the details of how He will provide. But He WILL provide. He is faithful and every time He does, I learn to trust Him more.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” ~Philippians 2:13

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2 responses to “Bring it.

  1. I will definitely be a reader of your blog. This is a big thing you guys are doing and it sounds like it’s going to be tough.

    Tough things aren’t necessarily bad things though 🙂

    Love from Oklahoma.

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