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Why are you hungry?

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, thanked God for them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and had enough, and the disciples took up twelve baskets of what was left over.

Luke 9 : 16 - 17 (GNB)

So you find yourself in the countryside standing on a hill miles from anywhere. Oh and you are with thousands of hungry people, oh and they are looking at you waiting expectantly for lunch. What would you do in this situation?

Going to the shops and buying food for everyone isn't an option. That would take too long and would cost you a year's wages. Sending people away isn't an option either as they have travelled here specially to listen to the man you are with, Jesus.

So you are thinking "they will just have to go hungry, as there is no practical way to get around this". On your own this is probably true. Even with the best will in the world no one would be able to feed a small army with no notice, no money and essentially no food.

However as we see in the passage the disciples did not have to solve the problem on their own. However they did need to trust God and act accordingly. In their case this was gathering what little food they had brought along for themselves. Taking a humble packed lunch and then allowing God to utilise it to make a big difference. Just to put this in context when you include the women and children, we are talking about feeding a crowd large enough to fill Wembley Arena, with a single meal intended for one.

So this week don't be hungry. Trust God to use what little you might have. Trust that he will use it to not only feed and impact you, but also everybody around you. Have a great week.

This week's song is This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickham.

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