We see a pattern with Jesus that after much ministry he desires to get alone to rest and eat. We must remember that Jesus was God but He became a human, so like any of us he got tired and hungry. The difference with Jesus is He cared more than many of us. I know when I'm tired and hungry most of the time I'm going to stop whatever I'm doing and rest and eat which is not wrong, but I don't always acknowledge God and so God may have had different plans.
We see here in Mark 6:30-44, Jesus and His apostles snuck away but they were caught and followed and instead of Jesus saying "give us a break," He is moved again by compassion and began teaching them many things. The disciples seemingly are like "C'mon" Jesus hurry it up we are hungry. They eventually can't hold their frustration back and they tell Jesus "it's getting late, send the people to the village to eat." Jesus is like "calm down, take what you got and feed them."
They are like many of us when real hungry not very spiritual, they say "it would take months of savings to be able to afford to feed such a crowd." Jesus now takes the five loaves and two fish and multiplies it feeding the five thousand men and their families and they ate as much as they wanted.
So what is the moral of the story? God's will is to always come first. God knows our needs and He will supply. We are to be moved by compassion more than our physical need. When we are in the center of God's will we walk in supernatural provision. God will multiply whatever we have to meet the need at hand abundantly. We must not allow our earthly needs to supersede our heavenly calling. We must remember we are not our own. Our lives are in God's hands.
When Will We Ever Get IT
If you are a parent, coach, employer, etc. you have instructed those you are responsible for with the hope that they understand and follow. The big frustration is when you think they will and they don't.
Jesus previously demonstrated to the disciples the authority they have even over storms if they just exercise their faith. Jesus as usual after a busy day sends the crowds away and goes up into the hills to pray. He sent the disciples back into the boat to travel across the lake.
Once again a storm hits the lake and the disciples rather than using their God given authority rather are struggling greatly. This time Jesus is not in the boat so their panic level is magnified.
Jesus is never far away, no matter how distant we have been, or whatever sin we have fallen into. Jesus is always a cry away.
This time Jesus comes walking on water, He acts like He is going to go right past them. See Jesus often only comes near to those who draw near to Him. He will not always come if He is uninvited. He will try to use different methods to get our attention, but we still need to cry out to Him.
The disciples think Jesus is a ghost and were terrified. We can get so caught up in our problems that we cannot even recognize Jesus when He tries to reveal Himself.
Jesus having mercy, despite their fear and unbelief, says don't be afraid, I am here! Thank God for the times Jesus has helped us despite our lack of faith. Jesus climbs in the boat and the winds stopped. It says the disciples did not understand the miracle of the loaves. When will we get it that miracles are not just done for us but are to be done through us.
In other gospels it describes Peter when seeing Jesus on the water, mustering enough faith to walk on water towards Jesus yet sinking. It is one thing to start out in faith but can we maintain it when storms overwhelm us. Will we like Peter take our eyes off of Jesus forgetting the power we have within us and sink back into our limited human inabilities?
Thank God Jesus always reaches out to pull us back up but He wants us to get it. We are supernatural beings having been given all power and authority in Christ Jesus. Nothing is no longer impossible if we just believe. Continuing the story, Jesus and the disciples crossed over back to Gennesaret. The place where they previously went and were asked to leave out of fear after Jesus had delivered the demoniac man from Legion. Now this man went about spreading the good news throughout the ten cities. So this time around the people come running to Jesus bringing no all the sick knowing that if they just touch His garment they will be healed. We can learn from this that just because we are rejected once or numerous times, if Jesus continues to send us to a certain person or people it is because one day they will be open. So we must remain obedient. Jesus planted the seed, the former demoniac man watered it, and God eventually brought the harvest.