As Britain’s leader during World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspired his country and other allied forces to tenaciously fight against Hitler’s regime. Addressing President Roosevelt’s concerns about involving America in the war, Churchill said, “Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt…We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” With the miraculous help of God, and other allied troops, Churchill was true to His words.
Jesus’ disciples were faced with a seemingly impossible situation. Drawn by the authority of His teaching and His ability to heal, thousands of people had followed Jesus to a remote shore on the Sea of Galilee. As evening drew near, the crowd became hungry. The twelve came to Jesus and said to Him, “Dismiss the crowds and send them away…” (Luke 9:12).
We, too, have reacted to overwhelming situations in the same manner as the disciples. Instead of asking God for His wisdom and direction, we have foolishly dictated to Him what He should do. Like President Roosevelt, wanting to avoid involvement in Churchill’s war, the disciples did not want to be involved in the needs of the vast throng.Thankfully, the disciples listened and acted upon the wise words of the Bread of Life. Their lack, five loaves of bread and two fish were miraculously transformed into abundant supply for thousands.
Jesus’ words contain divine power to bring blessing and victory in all circumstances. If Roosevelt had not heeded the words of Churchill, the freedom of Europe and the western world may have been lost. Much more is at stake in the life of every Christ-follower who ignores the Word of God. It is obedient faith in the words of Christ that activates God’s miraculous power over sin and distressing circumstances. Draw near and be sustained victoriously by His Word.
“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.”
1 John 5:4