Today's verses are Mark 6:35,36: "And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, 'This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.'" Wherever Jesus went, crowds followed him. He could not refuse their needs. Even in this desolate, remote place, a place to where Jesus had retreated to give rest to himself and his disciples, the throngs followed. Later, we see that this crowd numbered 5,000 men, probably over ten thousand women and children were gathered together. He taught them about the kingdom of God. They listened intently.
The day grew later and later. Realizing how late the hour was and how hungry the people must be, the disciples made a request of Jesus. They said he needed to disperse the crowds into the countryside and villages where they could find some food. It seemed like a logical conclusion. But it wasn't Jesus' conclusion.
Isn't this like us? We are confronted with a problem, perhaps even a huge problem, and our first reaction is to find a human answer. We calculate the issue, conclude how possible or impossible the situation may be, then find a solution. Often then we ask God to baptize our human ideas and are surprised when God doesn't respond to us the way we thought he should.
Are your confronting an issue in your life today? Is there a problem staring you in the face that is confusing, daunting, seemingly impossible to solve?
If so, before trying to figure out the problem in your own ingenuity and then telling God what you think should be done, stop and ask God what He may want to do. Seek his will first. Seek his solutions first. Seek his kingdom first.
You may be surprised to find out, as the disciples are soon to discover, that there is a miracle-working power available to you you never dreamed possible!