Friday, August 28, 2009

five loaves and two fish~

I have faltered in my faith at times since my husband has been layed off work. I have wondered to we have enough money this week to purchase food. At times there is little money for food, but God has never let us down. We may not have all our wants, but He fills us with our needs. How could I ever doubt a God who fed five thousand or more people in a dry and dusty land with five loaves of bread and two fish? "And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying,'This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.' But Jesus said to them, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.' And they said to Him,'We have here only five loaves and two fish.' He said,'Bring them here to Me.' Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children." Matthew 14:14-21 This miracle was blessed by the hands of God. There were more than five thousand, because there were women and children also. Here the disciples wanted to send them away into the city, but Jesus knew ahead of time what their needs were. Did those around Him doubt like I do? Did they not allow their faith to lead them? Did they not realized God would care for them? I would to see this picture, of all the people there eating, and being full from the baskets that were being passed around. They were so full, the baskets still had plenty left in them to feed more. I think this is one of the most beautiful examples of God's love for His people. We should never doubt Him, but our faith should be strengthened by the witness we have of His great and mighty works. I want to have a faith like this. I want to have a faith that never doubts, but knows without a doubt that God will provide. Jesus could have sent them away into the city, but He chose not too. He knew He could feed them, He knew they would praise His name for His goodness to them. Even though we are so undeserving, we have a God who loves us and takes care of our every need. One day we will sit at His banquet before us and break bread with our mighty Savior. We will sit at His table and praise His name forever more. We can praise His name today for all He does for us. These stories are real. They are part of our history. They teach us many things, but one of greatest is, we don't ever have to doubt a God who can feed mulitudes of people and save us from this world we live in. One day as we dine with Him in heaven He will share with us just how He provided. I for one see His power today in my life, and cannot wait to hear from Him stories that touch my soul today, that will only be made brighter hearing them from Him breaking bread together..
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