After the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus withdrew from the crowds of people who wanted to make Him king on the spot. The plan of God requires us to respond appropriately and with accountability to Him rather than to the demands of the world. The strife in our world requires a response, but if that response is driven by anything other than the word and the will of God it will end in misstep and disaster. As such, we must hear from the Lord if we are to see progress and success in this generation. Jesus deserves a harvest, but if His laborers are receiving improper, sensationalized directions from other sources how can we hope to be a part of what He will accomplish? Now is the time for humility. Now is the time to seek God. Once our marching orders arrive we must act in faith and obedience. Only then can we go from groaning to rejoicing!

After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.

Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.

John 6:1-15

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