“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Matthew 14 : 18 – 21
Imagine what it would have felt like to have been there watching as Jesus took this small packed lunch and watching it transform into a bountiful feast. There must have been so much excitement and joy as people enjoyed this miraculous meal together, sharing what Jesus provided for them.
But Jesus offers more than a meal, he provides us with peace, joy, hope, everything our spirits needs to sustain us. And this story reminds us that God’s provision is abundant. It’s no coincidence that after everyone was fed, the disciples could fill 12 baskets of leftovers. In the Bible 12 represents God’s people (i.e. the 12 Tribes of Israel), so the baskets are a sign that God has enough for all his people. There is more than enough for everyone and no one will go hungry. This is Jesus’s promise to us.
Prayer: Generous God, thank you for sustaining us with the bread of life. Thank you for all the ways you provide for me. For every blessing I am truly grateful.
Act: If you’re not already in the habit, take the time to say grace before your meals today. And don’t just thank God for the food, be thankful for everything God has provided you.