Matt. 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
The miracle of the loaves and fish was unavoidable. You see, that’s the way it is with the Lord. His love for hurting people is immutable. One look at the hungry crowd and Jesus knew what He must do. The Lord is the same today, He is always moved with compassion. He is touched with the feeling of your infirmities. Because He is unchangeable, we have a place to rest. Where would that place be? Of course we are able to rest in His unfailing love. Charles Spurgeon spoke of what he called the unavoidable necessity. Enjoy his thoughts on this amazing miracle.
“With the Savior, it was an unavoidable necessity. It would break his heart to see them feinting and famishing. He could not endure it. At the very thought of their destitute condition He was moved with compassion. His whole nature was stirred, convulsed, and filled with excitement at the sight of hunger, pallor, weariness, and faintness. The great Shepherd must feed these hungry sheep. It is not with Him, “Can it not be done” but it must be done. One of the imperial necessities which sometime took possession of the royal heart of Christ had entered into his soul, an “he must needs” do it’s bidding. Himself took their infirmities and bare their sorrows. He was an all-comprehending man that included them within His manhood. If they hungered, He hungered; if they fainted He fainted; and if they died, He Himself seemed to die; and therefore, by the intense sympathy of His nature He was driven to feel that the multitude must be fed.”
What kind of distress do you find yourself in today? Rest assured, the Lord is taking notice and His plans are already in motion. When will He answer? Before you even call. Many times our prayers are still on our lips when the answer is staring us in the face. It may just be a different answer than you were looking for. Your answer may be in a little boy’s lunch or even a coin in the fishes mouth. God’s ways are not our ways.
In 1990 I was in trouble, our church was in trouble. To be honest, I was afraid. I had never been in a spot quite like this. I prided myself in our integrity, we always paid our bills. At least we had always paid our bills before. My prayers had taken on a desperation. I was praying those one word desperation prayers, “Money !!!” That’s all I could really pray. That’s when the inevitable happened. “You give them something to eat”. Jesus was moved with compassion. His compassion was not just aimed at the poor in New Orleans. His love had it’s sights set straight on me. The way out of our trouble was the way of love. The Lord was calling us with His love to step into His love and love the hurting with Him. His answer was unavoidable, but as always, it was also unpredictable.