Unspeakable Joy Devotional

March 8.2019

Blessed food

Jesus feeds 5,000. Matthew 14:13-21 “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

Jesus feeding the 5,000 is recorded in all four Gospels. The Gospel writers considered this a significant miracle. It is believed that the actual number fed that day could have been 15,000-20,000 people because the recordings specified 5,000 males.

God will shatter the pint-sized expectations of what His followers can do if they would learn to bring Him what they have already been given. “Little is much when God is in it!” When we are willing to offer our lives sacrificially, relinquishing our hold on whatever God has given us in terms of time, money, talents, etc., God will use these ordinary things to create extraordinary things. Never believe that your resources are too little to serve God. God will delight in taking the humble, seemingly insignificant person and using him or her for His glory. 1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

Expect God to do far beyond what you can imagine! Trust that God not only wants to meet our needs, but He wants to lavish His children with spiritual blessings, even to overflowing. Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Praying today that no matter where we are in life right now, He would take what we offer up to Him, all of our brokenness and pain, all of our loss and short supply, all of our inadequacies and doubt, and that He would breathe His blessing and favor over it, multiplying greatly all that we offer.

“He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

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