Trust God To Provide

Trust God To Provide | June 15th

A Bible story in all four Gospels records the feeding of 5,000 men plus women and children. John, who was an eyewitness to the incredible miracle, gives this account:

"Sometime after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, 'It would take more than half a year's wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!' 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up, 9 'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?' 10 Jesus said, 'Have the people sit down.' There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish." (John 6:1-11)

The context of this memorable occasion takes place on the heels of an already eventful and emotional day. The disciples were out serving as directed by Jesus, and the beloved John the Baptist was murdered. A large crowd emerged as the disciples sought to get away with Jesus to process the magnitude of their serving and now grief. Thus, all four Gospels indicate that the disciples wanted to send the crowd away, but Jesus had compassion for their physical and spiritual needs.

This miracle had a profound impact on the disciples. They would never again look at what they lacked but rather at what they had when encountering any future obstacle.
We, too, can trust that God will provide. So, like that little boy who gave his lunch to Andrew, let us share what we have and leave the results to the Lord.

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