32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
We looked last week at the feeding of the 5,000 men, plus women and children, and saw the improbable and the impossible overcome by the Lord Jesus. A little while later, another situation of a hungry crowd came up and again the Lord told the apostles to feed them. Again, they asked the Lord where they could get enough bread to feed them all. You would think that they would have turned to Jesus and asked him to feed them in the same manner that He did the last time.
Before we get too critical of these forgetful disciples, how often do we forget a previous provision of God in our lives and worry about a present need? We have all been guilty of this; for all of us have seen the hand of God take care of us one week only to worry about something else the next week.
Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus did miracle after miracle until John gave up counting and just said that there weren’t enough libraries in the world to hold the books it would take to record all of the miracles of Jesus. But then when it came to the end of His earthly ministry and Jesus was arrested we are told that the remaining eleven forsook Him and fled. Oh how fickle is the human heart.
Let me leave you with one more reference. Romans 8:32 asks a question of our faith. Here it is: if God gave us the greatest gift that He could ever give us in the offering of His Son for our sin, then what good thing in the world would God possibly withhold from us? My friends, we must remember the miracles of God’s care and provision when new situations arise. We must convince our doubting hearts that the God of the last provision and the God of our very salvation is still in the caring business and in the provision business and will take care of us this time too.
I am thankful for a great time Sunday in the house of the Lord. Our church services together were times of great fellowship, worship and instruction. Indeed God is still good to us at Grace for Life. Then yesterday, between the rain storms, we enjoyed an outdoor lunch at my house. The brave who faced the rain enjoyed about an hour and a half of sunshine before the rains returned. Then we came inside and played a hilarious game of Mad Gab. Once again I thank God for the fellowship of friends in the body of Christ.
Dad and Mom are well. We spent Sunday afternoon and evening together. Dad’s first service is this coming Sunday, not this past Sunday. Thanks for your prayers for them.
Have a great day in the Lord,