August 2, 2020
Today's devotion is based on Jesus' feeding of the 5000, as it is recorded in Matthew 14:13-21. If there were two words to describe the Bible accounts for this week, they would be 'God's provision.' This theme of God's provision is replayed time and again in the Bible, over the course of centuries. Today, as always, God's provision is offered to us for our open hearts and hands to receive.
I don't think we pay enough attention to the words of Jesus to his disciples when they approached him that evening. Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." When replying to Jesus, they came up with the perfect excuse, "We only have five fish and two loaves of bread." In other words, we can't because we don't have enough. Jesus tells them to bring the food to him, and lo and behold everyone had plenty to eat.
The lesson for us today is that Jesus will take whatever we bring him to do what needs to be done. He increased the food, but without the food being brought forward, as little as it was, he did not have anything to work with to feed the people. Jesus works in partnership with us in doing God's will. We bring whatever we have to him to do what he does so well. Then we take what he provides in abundance and give it to those who are in need. That is the lesson for today, as it is found in this beautiful story of Jesus feeding the five thousand.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, help me to remember in my times of weakness and doubt that you will increase whatever I offer you for the work of Church. In and through Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.