Read: Matthew 14:13-21
The account of Jesus feeding the five thousand is a familiar one to many. Five loaves, two fish, five thousand men plus women and children to feed… and after everyone was served there were twelve baskets of leftovers.
More than enough food.
Jesus had had a long day. He was mourning the loss of His cousin John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-12) as well as healing the sick among the huge crowd that followed Him.
I imagine the disciples were trying to be helpful. Maybe they were worried that Jesus had lost track of time. They approached the situation in a logical way. They realized a basic need (food) and suggested a practical solution (send them away to find their own dinner).
I can understand the disciples’ approach here. It kind of reminds me of myself, always trying to assess the situation, think ahead, make plans.
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” (Matthew 14:16-17)
I can understand their response too. How can I accomplish what You are saying with the little I have?
Do you ever feel that way? I know I sure do.
But Jesus miraculously provided all that the crowd would need, just as He provides all that we need to live out His plan for us each day.
We don’t have to have a perfect plan. We don’t have to have enough on our own. Jesus is and always will be more than enough.
Reflect: Think of an area in your life where you feel like you don’t have or can’t be enough. Put it in Jesus’ hands through prayer this week. You never know what He will do with what you have to give, but you can always trust that He will be more than enough for what you need.