Matthew 14:13-21 and Matthew 15:32-39
In these passages we read how Jesus feeds the 5000 and then the 4000. In the first case He takes 5 loaves and 2 fish and the second He takes 7 loaves and a few fish and blesses them and breaks them and gave the loaves and fish to the disciples to feed the multitudes.
What is fascinating is that Jesus does this not once but twice and that when everyone is full there are baskets full left over. 12 baskets and 7 large baskets full.
I woke up this morning pondering this. We all worry about things and about what we will wear or what we will eat but here is a case where not only did Jesus provide for everyone until they were full but there was enough left over to feed dozens more. Yes things are getting more and more expensive and the fridge and pantry are looking a little empty but God will provide for you. He is the great provider. I have never seen a bird sitting about on the ground saying 'I am so worried that there will be nothing for me to eat and that it will rain tomorrow and I will get wet and have nowhere to sleep'
We do enjoy worrying about things so much that we forget to trust and rely on Christ for our needs. Not just food but finances, clothing and others areas of our lives.
Matthew 6:25-34 25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble
Give God your few loaves and fish today and don't try and think up ways you can possibly do something in your own strength when all you need to do is let go and let God do it.
Not only does God provide for all your needs today but He also provides for your needs and then gives you something to take home. I gather that the baskets of food where then shared out and were then taken home by those that were there those two days. This reminds be of when 1 Kings 17:8-16 where God sends Elijah to the house of a widow and asks her for a cup of water and some bread. She says to him that she has no bread only a little flour in a bin and a little oil in a jar and that she is about to make up a loaf of bread as her last meal for herself and her son and that they prepare to die. Elijah then tells her to bake the loaf and to bring him some but that her flour bin would not be used up and her jar of oil would not run dry until the Lord send rain on the earth. She went and did as he told her and she and her household ate for many days.
In 2 Kings 4:1-7 another widow is in trouble and owes money to some creditors and 2 of her children are about to be taken away to work as slaves to pay off the debt. Elisha asks her what she has left in her house and she says she has nothing but a jar of oil. He tells her to borrow empty vessels from her neighbours and not just a few and to shut herself in her house with her sons and pour the oil into each of the vessels until full. She fills each of them until full and when she asks her sons for another vessel they say there are no more and the oil stopped. Elisha then tells her to take the oil and sell what she needs to pay for her debts and then that her and her sons can live off the rest.
We need to come with what little we have and offer it to God and He will work a miracle and He will provide but not only does he provide but He provides for our future. He provides for more than just the hear and now and exceedingly more than what we require.
If you feel today that you are in need of a miracle and you are in need of provision ask God. He will and does provide for your every need. Just as we provide well for our own children God wants to provide for us as well but so much more.
Matthew 7:9-11 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Father we thank You for the provision in our lives today and Lord Jesus we pray for those around us in need that their cries will be met today and in abundance will they receive from You all that they require. Amen