“He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.”Mark 6:38 

The Lord didn’t need to ask how much food they had. The Lord of glory knew. He asked, not for His sake, but for their sakes, so that they might know and see the hand of God. “How many loaves have you? Go and see.” Well, there’s five, Lord, and two fish. 

When we follow the Lord, He lets us look at ourselves, examining ourselves so that we might see ourselves for what we have and what we are. We are nothing and have nothing apart from Him. He allows us to see how totally lacking we are for the work He has called us to do: proclaim the gospel truth; to feed His sheep; to make disciples. Certainly five loaves and two small fish will not feed the multitudes numbered at “about five thousand men,” which did not include the number of women and children there. Yet, the Lord told the disciples to “go and see” what they had available. Likewise, the Lord tells us to go and see what we have available because in the Master’s hand is the miracle; from the Master’s hand are multitudes fed; by the Master’s hand does He take what pittance we have and transforms it into the glorious plans and purposes of the living God. 

Lord, this city doth perish for lack of knowledge. Master, there’s a famine in the land and the multitudes are hungry. How many loaves do you have? go and see. 

Lord, I only know these five doctrines and these two truths: Christ, and Him crucified. Lord, I haven’t been to Bible college. “And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all” (Mark 6:41). 

If you have nothing but the living Word before your eyes and the living God within your heart you have more riches and more abundance at your disposal than all the wealth in the world. 

Our lack makes the Lord’s labors more evident and most glorious.

JUST ADDED: Click on arrow below to listen to the 11 minute devotion from the scripture text above, delivered at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church on June 16, 2010 for the Wednesday evening prayer meeting.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Thanks, Pastor Jon,

    This reminded me of what I have been studying….El Roi, God Who sees, and the story of Hagar. How beautiful it is that God sees! Yes, He sees all of our sin and unbelief and there is no hiding from Him, but He also sees our sufferings and injustices and lack and He takes note. He sees that we are unable to do what He asks, and then asks us to trust Him and do it.

    God bless you today!

  2. What a blessed encouragement this is for me today.

    Thank you.

  3. Thank you for your comments, sisters. I originally wrote this devotion about four years ago in Alaska during a personal early morning devotion. The revelation of this truth hit me and humbled me because I was looking at trying to minister in the village of Scammon Bay thinking that I had to draw from something in myself to feed God’s beloved Yup’ik people the Bread of Life. What a blessing it is to go and see and have the Master bless and break it before we dispense it.

    Hallelujah. What a Savior!

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