Today, we ready the story of Jesus feeding the 4000. Jesus actually feeds a lot people in ministry. Here, He feeds the 4000. Elsewhere in Scripture, He feeds that 5000. There are lots of folks that get fed by Jesus in the Bible.
And, when we look at this story, we could look at it in so many different ways. We can see so many different things. That’s the beauty of the Bible, to me, we can read the same passage over and over again, and have the Holy Spirit reveal something different every time. Listen to what we hear in Matthew 15:34-38:
And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over. Those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
This meal started with 7 loaves and some fish. That’s not much. And look what is left. Seven baskets.
So, 7 loaves (and fish) turns into 7 baskets. Wow. that’s amazing.
And that’s what God does for you. And for me. He gives us more than enough.
He takes care of our needs, in ways that we don’t even this is possible.
Even if it doesn’t look like it. When they were hungry and waiting, the people probably just would have settle for crumbs.
Instead, Jesus wanted to give them a feast. He wanted them to have not just enough. He wanted them to have an abundance. So does He for you today.
Maybe it’s not an abundance of possessions (and it’s probably not!) but an abundance of grace. Of love. Of mercy. Of forgiveness. Of service.
Today, God wants the best for you. He wants you to really and truly live.
But, just like in the text, that life flows only from Jesus. Today, feast on His goodness and mercy.
Don’t settle for crumbs. Seize His life. And life in abundance He has for you!
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