THE FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND
When Jesus and his disciples arrived in a desolate place, there were five thousand men who met them. They were all desperate to see Jesus, and when He saw them, He had compassion for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, so He began to teach them. When it was already getting late, the disciples told Jesus that it was getting late and He should send the people away so they could go to the surrounding villages and buy something to eat. But Jesus told them to give the people something to eat. And the disciples asked Jesus if they were going to feed the five thousand men, not counting the women and children, it would cost 200 denarii, which was equivalent to a half-year's wages. Were they going to spend that much to feed the people? Jesus then asked the disciples how many loaves of bread and fish they had. They told Him five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus directed everyone to sit in groups of hundreds and fifties. Jesus took the five loaves of bread and the two fish, looked up to Heaven, gave thanks to the Father, broke the loaves and the fish, and began distributing them to the people. The five loaves of bread and the two fish miraculously keep multiplying that they had twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish after everyone had finished eating (Mark 6:32-44).
Our Heavenly Father is our ultimate provider. Just as Jesus thanked the Father for the bread and the fish, we need to thank our Father in Heaven for all His provision in our lives. We noticed that when Jesus saw the multitudes coming to Him, He had compassion for them. He began to teach them and later fed them miraculously. We must remind ourselves that God loves us above and beyond our needs. When we are in desperate situations, we need to trust in the Lord, who will provide everything we need according to His purpose and plan in our lives. Jesus could have provided food from Heaven, just like the manna that He provided during the time of Moses, but this time, Jesus chose to provide food by multiplying the bread and the fish.
There are many ways that God can provide for our needs. He wants us to trust Him, for He has compassion towards us. He will never abandon us because He is faithful to take care of us. Even when gas prices go up and inflation goes up to the ceiling, God will remain faithful in providing for our needs.
Ask yourself these questions: Who is my ultimate provider? Do I believe that God will be faithful in providing for my needs no matter what happens in this world? How should I feel about today and tomorrow, knowing and believing that God will provide for my needs?
Write down all the worries you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that you are my ultimate provider. Thank you for always being there to care for my needs. I lift up all my needs to you today, and please help me to trust you that I may experience your peace. Thank you for all your provision. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.