The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Five and the Two. Or, Less Is More"
In the Master's golf tournament yesterday, a man named Tommy Fleetwood made a hole in one on the 16th hole, thrilling the crowd and himself by a… well, by a Masterful shot. Yes, in golf, less is more. This is also often true in God's ways.
"One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto Him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?" (John 6:8-9).
You know the rest of the story. The Lord Jesus Christ fed the multitudes with The Five and the Two. This raises a question: would the story even be in Scripture had an abundance of fish and bread been available for the feast? Hardly. In the same way, much (if not most) of God's present working in the world and in our lives will follow the same pattern. His abundance manifests through our lack. Indeed, when we seem to not have enough for responsibilities and needs that lie before us, we do well to remember our Heavenly Father's "Less Is More" protocol whereby His goodness and provision is most vividly revealed. "My grace is sufficient for Thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9).
How will such sufficiency and grace be manifested in our lives? Doubtless we all have issues in life wherein the multitudes must eat, as it were, but we only seem to have the Five and the Two. Our response? Trust and expectation.
"Heavenly Father, the present challenge finds me seemingly without the means to face it. I will therefore face You. I will look to You for Your guidance, and trust You to remind me continually of Your promised provision, administered in Your way and time. May You be honored and Your will done, as so long ago when less was more, and when the Five and the Two led to enough, and far more than enough. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray, Amen."
Less Is More. The Five and the Two. This constitutes God's protocol of grace in our present lives. Let us expect many circumstances and situations wherein a hungry multitude lies before us, but even more, wherein the Lord Jesus dwells within us to provide enough and far more than enough.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.'
Weekly Memory Verse
Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing.