Reflection on Matthew 14:13-21

Scripture

When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion on them and cured their sick.

Observation
Jesus hears about the death of John the Baptist and travels across the lake to a deserted place. The crowds follow Him on foot and assemble at the place Jesus disembarks. Jesus has great compassion on the crowd and heals all the sick people.
Faced with a hungry crowd, the disciples urge Jesus to send the people away. Jesus tells the disciples that they must feed the crowd.
The disciples bring Jesus five loaves and two fish. He gives thanks and hands them back to the disciples to distribute. Miraculously, they feed five thousand men plus women and children, and have much more left over than they started with.

Application
God’s ability to provide what we need is only limited by our ability to yield to Him whatever resources we already have.
One of the big problems in our culture is that we want to fix things ourselves. We think we are so rich and so skilful that we can solve any problem. In doing this, we often leave God out of the solution.
Jesus took what was offered and lifted it up to God, and then the miracle happened.
We must do the same.

Prayer
Father I thank you for the many talents, gifts and resources that I have from you. Help me to offer them back to you for your purposes and for your empowering. Amen.

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