As I reflect on Jesus Christ feeing the 5,000 with 5 loaves, I am again reminded that most of what was needed was unseen. Just because the people could not see the bread that was needed, didn’t mean that it wasn’t available. There is more available in the unseen than the seen.
I recently watched a documentary about advances in science that have come from the invention of the telescope. It was fascinating to see how much more we know about our universe because of the telescope. However, the most fascinating thing to me was that at the conclusion of the program, they introduced something they called dark matter and dark energy. As they do the math, scientists have realized there is something else in our universe that has mass and energy, but they don’t know wha it is. They can tell that it is there because the math tells them there is more mass and energy than they can account for. Science now estimates that about 95% of the mass and energy in our universe is what they call ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’. I think the word “dark” is the wrong word, that makes it sound almost evil in some way. I think a better term would be ‘invisible’ matter and energy, because it is invisible to us. We don’t know what it is and why we can’t see it. We have learned so much and made so much progress, and yet 95% of what is out there we don’t know anything about.
I share that with you because I see a correlation to this and the miracle of the loaves. What was seen was a very small percentage of what was actually there and available for them. Exactly where did the bread come from? How did Christ manifest that bread? I have some theories, but I don’t know for sure. Did he somehow use dark matter and energy? Maybe it played a roll.
When the children of Israel left Egypt and went into the Sinai desert, it didn’t look like there was enough food and water to sustain all those people (perhaps around 2 million) and their livestock. I can understand why they complained to Moses, they had no conventional way to provide for that many people in the desert. However, God had an answer that they couldn’t see. They couldn’t see the manna that would come daily for 40 years, enough to easily feed all of them.
When Christ turned water into wine, it didn’t look like there was any wine. And yet there was a way for wine to be provided. The list of scriptural examples are many. Many times God has provided solutions when it appeared there was no solution. If we ever feel like we are in check-mate in our life, God has a solution, we are not truly in check-mate. Satan wants us to feel we have already lost, God wants us to have hope and trust the truth that all things are possible to them that believe.
I think that Jesus Christ wants us to increase our faith in him, and trust in him more than anything we can see. He wants us to trust him more than the money we have in the bank and the food in the stores. I think he wants us to trust in him more than we trust in the air that we breath, and more than we trust the sun in the sky. He wants us to trust in him more than anything we depend on for confidence and security. Our confidence and security needs to come from Christ, any other source is fleeting, and could be taken away in an instant. With Christ as our foundation, the source of all that is good in our lives, then nothing can truly threaten us. Could you imagine someone trying to bottle up the air that we need so it isn’t available to us? They could put a year supply of a person’t air in a container, but there would still be more than enough air. With God as our source, there will always be a way for our daily bread to be provided. The miralce of the loaves can happen in many ways. One of God’s names is “Endless.” There is no end to him or his creations. He has access to Endless supply and wants to share that with us. But we have to let go of thinking we can only survive with the stuff we can see, we have to trust Christ more than the stuff we can see. Once we let go of dependence on telestial sources, then we can truly connect to Endless supply.
Those are my thoughts for the day, if you have any comments fel free to share.