The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Part 3 - Less Is More
Having watched the Masters golf tournament yesterday, I was reminded that in the game of golf, less is more. A score of one is better than two, two is better than three, and so on. In God's purposes, the same truth applies.
"When Jesus then lifted up His eyes, and saw a great company come unto Him, He saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this He said to prove him: for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. 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? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand" (John 6:9-10).
Had a market and money been available, no miracle would have been necessary. While our Heavenly Father often provides through earthly means, He often reveals His greatest glory when there is seemingly not enough of either. Less is more when miracles are at hand. In fact, less is necessary. God's overt workings of grace and power can only be manifest when human and earthly means do not lie at hand. "What are they among so many?" asked Andrew, and properly so. In normal circumstances, thousands cannot be fed by a few loaves and fish. Where the Lord Jesus Christ is present, however, and where an open miracle is purposed by God, a few can serve as the substance whereby His abundance is revealed.
"And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me" (Judges 7:2).
When circumstances, situations, and conditions lead us to echo Andrew's "What are they among so many?," a Less Is More opportunity lies before us. There may not be enough loaves and fish, but there is more than enough Christ. Earthly paucity directs our hearts toward Heavenly provision. What will our Lord do that only He can do? How will He work? How will He guide? How will He provide? The disciples had no conception of the miracle that lay before then when too little provided opportunity to discover how more than enough the Lord Jesus is in every circumstance, situation, and condition. We will find the same truth abundantly true when life presents us with multitudes that must be fed, and far more, with the Christ who will present us with the miracle of His provision.
"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
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.