Read: Mark 6:30-44
“How many loaves do you have?” He asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 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 His disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.” (Mark 6:38-44 NLT)
Have you ever hosted a party or gathering, and as people showed up, you started to wonder if you had planned enough food for everyone? Have you ever been about 5,000 people short? I know I worry if I’m in this situation, and it looks like I am anywhere close to running out of food, I start to get a little stressed out. To add context, this is the time when many people are starting to follow Jesus, to find out more about Him, hear His teachings, and see His miracles. I’m sure the disciples were VERY concerned that the people would stop following and listening if their basic needs were not met.
But I LOVE this story. It shows us that those who believe in Jesus, and follow Him, will be taken care of. However, there is a piece of the story that I often miss when I read this passage. There is a clear foreshadowing to the last supper. If you look at the loaves and fishes as food to feed our bodies, there is no way to feed the 12 disciples themselves, much less the 5,000 followers that came to hear His word. But if it is spiritual nutrition, when the bread is broken, there is enough to feed thousands. In fact, it will overflow and there will be nutrition for many to come. God provides! If you believe in Him, and trust in Him, He will provide for all your needs. This includes the needs of today, as well as a place in heaven, so your needs will be met for eternity.
Remember, there is no limit to what God can provide. Trust in Him, and at the most dire times, He will send you the resources to meet your needs.
Aaron Van Ningen