Daily Devotion, February 2, 2017, John 6:1-13 “Something Out of Almost Nothing”
“Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. ‘There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?’” John 6:8-9 NLT
When I was a kid, my mom would make this soup that she called a goulash. It was always good and never quite the same as the time before. I asked her one time what all she put in it and she said, “Whatever we have leftover in the fridge.” Maybe it was because we were a large family with meager resources, (we were poor y’all) but mom was a master at making something out of almost nothing.
God’s like that too. He is a master at making something out of almost nothing. God took a little bit of dust and made a man. He took a little baby floating in a river and made a liberating leader named Moses. He took a worn out old couple named Abraham and Sarah and made a nation. He took a shepherd boy named David and made a king. In today’s passage, Jesus fed an estimated seventeen to twenty thousand people with a little boy’s lunch. Not only did everyone get their fill, there were plenty of leftovers to make a goulash with! (I made up that last part…I’m not even sure my mom could make a good goulash with fish and bread!) The point is that God specializes in making a lot out of a little.
That’s good news to you and for me. You don’t have to have a lot of talent. God can use your small amount in ways you never thought possible. You don’t have to have a lot of people to do something great. Jesus changed the entire world by investing in twelve men. You don’t have to have a lot of faith. Jesus said if you have an amount of faith just equal to a mustard seed, you can move mountains.
Put the little that you have in God’s hands and watch what He makes of it. The God of miracles is a master at making something out of almost nothing. You are loved!
PS Some of you are thinking about the creation story and how God can also make something out of absolutely nothing as well as almost nothing and you’re right, He does that too. It’s “Ex nihilo” in the Latin. What a mighty God we serve!