“They don’t need to go away,” Jesus told them. “You give them something to eat.” “But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to Him. “Bring them here to Me,” He said. – (Matthew 14:16-18, HCSB)
Jesus said, “The people don’t need to go away. You give them some food to eat.” The followers answered, “But we only have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Jesus said, “Bring the bread and fish to Me.” – (Matthew 14:16-18, ERV)
Jesus: They don’t need to go back to the villages in order to eat supper. Give them something to eat here.
Disciples: But we don’t have enough food. We only have five rounds of flatbread and two fish.
Jesus: Bring the bread and fish to Me.
So the disciples brought Him the five rounds of flatbread and the two fish. – (Matthew 14:16-18, VOICE)
This passage is an excellent reminder of how God can supply all that we need and more when we trust Him with what we do have, especially when we seek to be generous. Though I have not personally witnessed five loaves and two fish feeding thousands, I have seen God do immeasurably more than I could have hoped or imagined when I placed what I had to offer in His hands. He takes what we have and makes it enough. This is true with our time, talent and resources. We are called to love and give, and as we do, God supplies for both the giver and the recipient. May we ever seek the Lord to be our supply, for He is generous and kind, and faithful to meet us as we stand in faith.
In Christ there’s enough,
Our Source and Supply;
He takes what we bring,
And then multiplies.
The Lord is the One,
Who sees ev’ry need;
Then takes what’s offered,
And makes it exceed.
Exceed what is seen,
Go beyond what’s known;
Of each seed that’s sown.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have shown us how You can take the little that we have to offer and use it to bless many. Thank You that You see every offering and hear every prayer. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, for You are always enough. Teach us to trust You with all so that we might give generously and live faithfully. Show us how to love in tangible ways so that those around us might come to know the goodness of Your love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we place all that we have and all that we are into Your hands, for in You, there is enough. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
God gave us this command: If we love God, we must also love each other as brothers and sisters. – 1 John 4:21