19th day of Lent
But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
What’s the biggest meal you’ve ever made? Have you fed more than 10 people? 20?
How about 5,000?
A lot of people think that these two miracle stories are exaggerated and that fewer people were fed or that everyone only got a little bit of food. That would be a fine notion (aside from contradicting scripture) except that in verse 20, we learn that, “And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over.”
Plus, when the Bible referred to numbers in crowds, it typically only referred to the men in the crowd. That means that the actual number fed was probably closer to 15,000 or 20,000. Plus, Jesus did the whole thing again (recorded in Matthew 15) when he fed another 4,000 (or with the “new math,” 12,000 or more).
Jesus saw the need, and he had compassion on the crowd for its physical needs. But He turned to His disciples to fill that need. And what was their response? “We don’t have what it takes to help these people.” But with the little they had, Jesus performed a miracle and multiplied their small offering into a feast big enough to feed a multitude.
You may think the gifts you have aren’t significant or enough for God to use. But if you’re willing to put them in His hands, the Lord can not only use them – He can multiply them to minister to people beyond your mind’s imagination or comprehension.
Today, trust the Lord with what you have. Pray that He will take your gifts and talents and use them to His greater glory.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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