The Jesus Buffet

“I can’t do it, can I? Well, I don’t have the right situation…”

Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.”

But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.”

“All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said.

Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed.

-Matt 14:15-21

We are usually fooled into believing that we don’t have the resources to accomplish the task (whatever that is). Don’t believe it. 

Wherever God guides, He provides. It’s absolutely true.

Do you think you do it all on your own anyway? Of course you don’t! God is the one who gave you all you’ve got (in their case, 5 loaves and 2 fishes), and he is the one who has placed the task in front of you (in this passage, feeding 5,000+ people).

 The disciples were being logical, they were trying to make sure the people were taken care of, but Jesus had bigger plans. Even in the midst of this “impossible task,” Jesus gave thanks for what they had.

Perhaps we should spend more time thanking God for what we do have, rather than telling ourselves how better life would be if we had something different/more?

About John Harris

χian, Jesus saves. μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα, Pastor at Pleasant Heights, PhD (NT) candidate at Midwestern; forever Texan, μολὼν λαβέ; Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Allons-y
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