“Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and country side and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.’” Luke 9:12.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Genesis 23-24, and Luke 9.
This is laughable, don’t you think.
The disciples are giving Jesus some tips on what He should do.
Remember the time, later, when the advice of the disciples got a, “Get you behind me, Satan,” response? This attempt at instruction could have gotten the same response.
Jesus knew what He was doing and what He was going to be doing. The disciples were along for the ride and things went well when they acted accordingly.
The uniqueness of the situation helps to explain the behavior of the Twelve. They had already seen Jesus do amazing things and they, in fact, had done some amazing things in His Strength. But this was different. This was food and this was a huge crowd. New territory.
By their suggestions, the disciples were inferring that Jesus would need their helpful hints to take care of this new scenario. Silly them.
We do the same thing, don’t we? “Unique” situations often have us scrambling for “solutions” rather than relying confidently on Him. No situation you or I face is “unique” to God. We reveal the depth of our trust in God by how we handle “unique” situations.
“Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for insights. Forgive me for trusting me instead of You. There is no good reason for me to do that. You are in control and can handle every situation. I must pray to You as if I truly believe in Your capabilities. I love You, Father.”
We must be trusting God in every situation that comes along.