The next miracle in our series is feeding 5000 men and their families …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 14:15-21; Mark 6:35-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-14
Before the Lord performed this miracle, He had been approached by the twelve who had said, “, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.” By saying this, the twelve showed they possessed recognition of the needs of the multitude; but, they also displayed a lack of faith in the ability of the Lord to meet these physical needs.
After this, the multitude was divided into groups of fifty men and their families each. His disciples collected 5 loaves and 2 fishes from a young lad that was in the midst of the multitude. The Lord miraculously multiplied the loaves and fishes and fed the 5000+ in attendance. At the completion of this miracle we are told that “Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.”
In today’s economy many of us are facing financial shortfalls causing material needs. Perhaps we do not know how we will be paying this month’s bills. Maybe, we are facing bankruptcy including the loss of your house. Let’s not be like His disciples who totally discounted the Lord’s ability to supply the material needs of those who are seeking His face. Remember the Lord, personally, addressed this issue for us while He was on the earth. He encouraged us to not allow these material shortfalls to be a worrisome burden upon us. We are to give these burdens to Him realizing He is our loving Father who cares for us and will do what is for our good in EVERY case… Mat 6:25-32 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
He then closes this set of instructions by encouraging us to seek His control of our lives and take things one day at a time …”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Let us all strive to follow His teachings during these difficult times in which we live and trust Him. As the song says…. “Through it all I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God”…
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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