Has anyone ever asked you to do something that seems totally ridiculous? Their very suggestion or instruction may have brought laughter or an attitude of ire towards them for proposing such a crazy idea.
I imagine that the disciples must have felt this way when Jesus responded about the interest in sending away this hungry crowd of five thousand who had gathered around Jesus following Him for days spiritually eager to listen to Him speak and teach about God.
The disciples suggested what they considered to be a reasonable or logical answer to the problem:
Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. (Mark 6:36 KJV)
That wasn’t the answer Jesus wanted. He compassionately saw the need of the people. He had empathy upon them. He wanted to solve this pressing situation surrounding Him with a Kingdom response, not according to man’s reasoning and logic.
He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. (Mark 6:37-38 KJV)
God asked these twelve men what they had in their hand. So often what we already have is what Jesus wants us to utilize in solving issues at hand. This requires adding faith to our situation and seeing possibilities instead of problems. Only then in faith can we begin to see His hand in the circumstance working to solve it in a supernatural way.
Jesus wanted to meet this need of the crowd in a heavenly way. In a way that only God would receive glory and honor. Sending the people away did not meet the crowd’s pressing need for physical sustenance, nor did it bring glory to the Father in any way and would have likely stirred up animosity and anger within the crowd.
We need to look beyond our earthly situation praying unto God for His supernatural response. He sees beyond our limited human logic responding in ways beyond what we imagine or conceive.