Feeding A Crowd

Sunday’s Scripture –August 2, 2020

Matthew 14:13-21

 

Reflection

Jesus didn’t just tell stories. He lived them too. Jesus embodied truth, goodness, and beauty in real time and space. He revealed God in both word and deed.

In the feeding of the crowd, Jesus would really like to get away for a few minutes of solitude. But, people from the surrounding towns have discovered him and they follow.

Now the disciples have a situation on their hands. There’s an enormous crowd, they’re in the middle of nowhere, and it’s almost dinner time. You can hear their panic in verse 15. “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” This is how it feels when the need is greater than the available resources.

“They need not go away. You give them something to eat,” says Jesus. (v 16)

Jesus does not have a scarcity mentality. He’s not worried about the gap between what they have (five loaves and two fish) and what they need (enough food to feed 5,000 men, not including the women and children). He knows the resources of heaven are not only abundant, but everlasting.

So Jesus takes what would never be enough and he gives thanks for it.

When was the last time you gave thanks to God for your not enough?

Maybe you have only a shred of faith (all you need is a mustard seed amount), but could you give thanks for what you do have? Maybe you lack enough patience to deal with that irritating co-worker or family member, but you could look up to heaven and bless what little bit you can muster? Maybe you have only an ounce of courage to make that hard choice or do that hard thing, but maybe that’s all God needs if you would just thank God for it and offer it back to God. Perhaps it’s literal food that you don’t have enough of, but can you say grace over it in faith anyway?

It’s time to give thanks for what will never be enough. And, in faith, watch Jesus multiply it. What Jesus can do with our not enough is everyone with their fill and twelve baskets leftover.

 

Questions

  • Have you ever thought about thanking God for not enough? How does this make you feel? What thoughts do you have about it?
  • What don’t you have enough of? Identify those things. Can you give thanks for them today with a sincere heart?

 

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