More Than Enough: A Closer Look at the Feeding of the 5,000
The account of Jesus feeding the 5,000, as written in John 6:1-14, has always been one of my favorite stories showing Jesus’ miraculous power. Jesus was teaching a multitude of people and it came to be about dinner time. The disciples told Jesus that they need to send the people away so that they could get food for themselves. That’s when Jesus tells the disciples for them to feed all of the people. Of course, this seemed to be an impossible mission for them. They don’t know how they're going to do it. Then Andrew, Simon’s brother, finds a little boy who had brought his lunch with him. Jesus asked him if He could have his lunch and the little boy was willing to give Jesus his measly lunch of bread and fish. What happened next was simply a miracle. Jesus had the people sit down. The men numbered 5,000, so that means that there were many more than that including the women and children. Jesus then took the lunch, gave thanks for it, and had the disciples pass it out to the people. The people could have as much as they wanted. In verse twelve, it says, “When they were filled…”. What? How could that many people be filled on a little boy’s lunch?
Jesus - that's how
That’s not where the story ends, though. Finishing out verse twelve, Jesus tells the disciples to gather up what was left over. Leftovers? So not only did Jesus feed a multitude of people on 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, but there are leftovers? 12 baskets of leftovers, to be exact.
Jesus supplied all of their needs at the time, but He didn’t stop there. He gave them more that what was needed. He gave them more than enough to fill their stomachs.
He does the same for us.
He supplies more than enough for us.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NASB)
Sometimes this homeschooling life gets to be too much. It can overrun your life and you are trying to just keep your head above water. When you are in need, don’t be afraid to ask our loving Father. He will give you more than you need.
He is more than enough for us.