Matthew 14:13-21 tells us the story of Jesus feeding a crowd of five thousand with a little boy's lunch of five loaves of bread and two fish. Regardless of how big those two fish and loaves of bread may have been, the fact remains that they were barely enough to feed just the disciples, much less a crowd of five thousand. Take a moment to read the story here.
This short story contains some profound principles for our lives in moments of need. Read on to discover some basic principles found in this story.
#1 - We want God to make the problem go away while God wants us to face it head-on
The disciples' solution was the logical one--send everyone home. I don't think this was a bad idea, nor wrong, but often times the logical solution or the one that makes sense to us may solve the problem but prevents God from being able to show us his miraculous provision. Jesus tells them to do something about it. I believe that Jesus intended for the disciples to do the miracle themselves. When you face a seemingly impossible situation, resist the temptation to take the logical route. Instead, roll up your sleeves and allow God to work through you to do the impossible.
#2 - The greater our lack, the greater his provision
Jesus wasn't surprised by the meager resources that were presented. He knew full well that the disciples did not have the ability to feed that crowd on their own. But that was his point. He specializes in the impossible! When we are at our worst he is at his best. Our lack ushers in the miraculous provision of a God who does not lack. When we have resources, when we can provide the answer in our own power, we don't need God to provide. But when we have nothing we are at the place where we are completely dependent upon God. When you have nothing to offer fasten your seat belt because that means God is on the verge of a miracle.#3 - God doesn't stop at just enough. He provides more than enough
Jesus didn't just satisfy the immediate need of the moment. He didn't just provide enough food for everyone to have lunch. He provided twelve baskets of leftovers. God is a big God and he always supplies our needs in a big way. He doesn't provide according to the dimension of our need. He provides according to the dimension of his greatness. Philippians 4:19 says, "But my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." I am so glad his provision is not dependent upon our limited, human resources but on his unlimited, supernatural resources! I serve a God who is not just good enough. I serve a God who is more than enough. No matter how big your problem is or how desperate your need is, know that he is always bigger. Not only will he supply your need, he will give you an abundance of leftovers that will sustain you long after the need is met.
Whatever you may face today or in the days to come, don't forget the kind of God you serve. He is Jehovah-Jireh! That name literally means the Lord will provide. When you are in need, call out his name and he will provide.
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