We all went through lack at some point in our lives. Maybe you already experienced it. Some are going through it. And others might be seeing it in the future. No matter what situation you belong to, you know how it feels to have nothing (or close to nothing). The question is, what do you do when the spirit of lack knocks at your door?
Because of this, I was reminded of The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Luke 9:10-15). As more and more people came to see Jesus, the disciples began to worry because it’s already getting late but Jesus instructed them, “You give them something to eat” (Luke 9:13). The disciples looked at their basket and complained that they only have a basket with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish which is barely enough to feed 10 people. Instead of looking at the obvious, Jesus took the basket and LOOKED UP TO HEAVEN and said blessing over them (Luke 9:16).
The fact is they only have little amount food that is impossible to feed thousands. Yet, by faith, Jesus miraculously multiplied it. Everyone ate and was satisfied (Luke 9:17).
In times of lack, we’re like the disciples who look down at our “baskets” – our bank accounts, work, our ability to produce wealth. Fixing our eyes on the emptiness of our baskets will produce nothing but stress, worry, and most of all, lack of faith in our Provider. However, focusing our eyes on God in times of lack not only produces blessings. It gives you a front-row seat to witness the marvelous things God can do in your lives. If only you’d stop relying on yourself and start trusting God.
What separates us from Jesus in situations like this is that He looked up to the Provider of all things. He did not give worry a space in His basket. Instead, He filled it with faith and confidence in God’s ability to provide to His children. And indeed God provided!
Now, I challenge you (even myself) to be like Jesus. To not look down on our baskets and look up to our Provider in heaven.
I decree blessings to your baskets!