May 16 – Thoughts About God For My Grandkids

May 16

 

Bible Reading: John 6:1-21

 

Topic Summary:

 

Are you trusting Jesus with your life, right now?  You say that you don’t have much, or anything that Jesus could use.  Read this story and I think that you just might have a change of heart.

 

Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:

 

I remember 10th Grade Science class.  We made a volcano.  Not a real volcano…a pretend volcano…a volcano experiment.  Here is what we did…

  • we poured warm water into a soda bottle until it was ¾ full
  • we added 5 drops of red food coloring (this was to make it look like it was red-hot lava)
  • we added 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • we added 1 spoonful (6 drops) of dish soap
  • we carefully shook the bottle to mix the contents
  • we placed the soda bottle between some rocks to hold it in place (this also made it look like a mountain)
  • then, we slowly poured 1 ounce of vinegar into the bottle.

Voila’…instant volcano!  When you poured that 1-ounce of vinegar into the bottle…it caused the rest of the contents to bubble up into a foamy material that rapidly and greatly expanded in size and flowed out of the top of the bottle and down the rocks.  It looked like a lot more came out of the bottle…than went into the bottle.

There is a product that is used in several different ways (often in construction) called High Expansion Foam.  It does a similar thing.  When it comes out of the can it is a liquid.  But the moment that it mixes with air…it expands rapidly up to 200-300 times its liquid size.  Just a little air causes that liquid to change into foam that is much, much larger.  It hardens quickly and fills in holes, and cracks, and such.  In fact, it expands so much and hardens so fast…that it can be dangerous to work with (always be careful).

 

As Jesus became more and more popular…huge crowds began to follow Him.  One day, a crowd of over 5,000 people had followed Him to where He was speaking along the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee.  It started to get late into the afternoon and Jesus knew that they were probably getting hungry.  He asked Philip, one of His disciples, if there was somewhere nearby that they could buy food to feed the people.  Philip said that there was nowhere they could go, and besides that, it would cost a fortune to feed that many people.  Now, here is the important thing to learn.  Jesus already knew what He was going to do.  He knew that there was no place to get enough food.  He knew that they did not have enough money.  The Bible says that He was “testing” Philip.  That means that He was intentionally putting Philip into a position where he would learn something about Jesus and grow in his faith.  Jesus had a plan in mind…a supernatural plan in mind.  A plan that would lead people to believe in Him more than ever before.  About that time, Andrew, probably meaning it as a joke said, “The only food we’ll find way out here is a sack lunch that belongs to that little boy, over there.”  Jesus asked the little boy if He could have his lunch.  When He looked…it was only 5 pieces of bread and 2 small fish.  Jesus told the people to sit down.  He prayed and thanked God for the food.  Then, He started handing out the bread and fish to the disciples…who started handing it out to the people.  They handed it out, and handed it out, and handed it out…it just kept coming from Jesus.  Every time He handed out a piece of bread, or fish, to a disciple…there was another piece in His hand.  More, and more, and more…until everyone in the crowd, all 5,000…had eaten all that they wanted.  Afterwards, they picked up what had not been eaten and it filled up 12 baskets with leftover bread.

How did Jesus do that?  How did He multiply those 5 pieces of bread and 2 fish into enough food to fill up 5,000 people?  I don’t know how to explain it…other than the fact that Jesus is God…and He was the One Who created the bread and the fish in the first place…and if He could do that…then He could multiply it, as well.  I mean, if we can figure out how to make a pretend volcano and Expansion Foam…why would we think that God couldn’t do a similar thing with bread and fish?  He’s God.  He can work miracles!

Personally, I think that there is a much more important question that we need to answer.  Here it is: If you had been that little boy…would you have given your lunch to Jesus?  Ouch.  That hurts, doesn’t it?  You see, now the issue is not about God’s ability, but it’s about your faith in God’s ability.  Would you trust Jesus…with your lunch?  Let’s take it a step further.  Would you trust Jesus…with your life?

Here are couple of things to remember that we learn from this story.  First, Jesus already knew what was going to happen.  That means that He also already knows what is going to happen…in your life.  So, probably the best thing to do would be to do whatever He says to do.  Right?  Second, the disciples were so far out in the middle of nowhere…that there was nowhere to go for help, for food.  Has something ever happened in your life that you were so far out in the middle of nowhere…so discouraged, so afraid, so hurt, so angry, so worried…that you didn’t know what to do, and you didn’t know where to go for help?  Again, Jesus does.  He knows what He intends to do.  Trust Him.  Do what He says.  One more thing.  Did you notice that Jesus not only met their immediate need by feeding them…but, there leftovers for another day?  Yeah, that’s the way He is.  When we trust Him with what is going on in our lives today…it influences the way we will trust Him on another day.

Imagine if the little boy had not been willing to let Jesus use his lunch.  I don’t know how…but I still believe that Jesus would have found a way to feed those people.  That was a lesson that He was teaching the disciples (and people), that day…so, He would have still performed a miracle, some way.  But, what about the little boy?  Do you think that his faith in Jesus grew that day?  I do.  Stop and think about this.  Do you think that the little boy ever forgot what happened that day?  I don’t.  I think that for the rest of his life he told people the story…over, and over.  And, I think that what happened that day…had an affect on the rest of his life.  Every time he had to make a decision of faith…he remembered what happened that day.  Because he had trusted Jesus with the small things…he learned to trust Jesus with the big things.  That little boy (and the disciples) learned that when we give what we have to Jesus, no matter how much, or how little it may be…He takes it and does something far more than we could have ever done with it.  Bottom line: It is a matter of faith.  Of trusting Jesus with what we have.

So, let me ask you again: If you had been that little boy…would you have given your lunch, to Jesus?  Better yet…are you trusting your life to Jesus…right now?  Imagine…what He is going to do…with you!

 

Love you more than bunches and bunches,

Granddad

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