The disciples of Jesus had not understood what the feeding of the five thousand was about. Jesus is teaching his followers but are we getting it? In giving all those people enough to eat Jesus was attempting to show us how God always provides. Even when there may not seem like much, God provides food, shelter, security, and life. All we need to do is pray and rely on God.
Much like when God provided the Israelites with Manna for their journey in the desert, Jesus is showing his followers how God gives us what we need when there seems nothing but dry land. All we need to do is trust that God will provide. And in Jesus, by providing the many bread with his own hands, we are meant to understand that through Jesus we can be given all we need. As followers of Christ, we need to offer Jesus what little we have in order for Jesus to multiply it abundantly for us to then share with others.
Jesus is the source we need to tap into. So with that lesson taught, we as disciples of Christ are meant to now apply it to our journey in life. As we now go through the storms of life we are meant to rely on Jesus. When a problem arises we need to know that the solution lies in us gathering what little we have and offering it to Jesus and rely on God to provide the solution.
We cannot be stuck on the food. We cannot be stuck on the severity of the storm. We cannot be stuck on the idea of walking on water. If so, we are remaining with hardened hearts. We are missing the point, the lesson. We are missing God. Instead, we are meant to be stuck to Jesus. Whether we are hungry, scared, depressed, hurt, or in need of something. The lesson is to offer what we can (scraps of food, a yearning, our time, our attention, our focus) to Jesus and trust that God will give us enough of what we need.
Let us not remain in fear but remain in love with God. Let us not see the lack of food or the big storms in our lives. Let us see the little God has given us already and trust that when we offer it up to Jesus we will be given more than enough to continue on our journey.
Are we still trusting in God despite our concerns, fears, and opposition?
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