February 18 – Overlooked.
“And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye?”
The Feeding of…
Most probably finished that statement with “the 5,000”. A familiar and famous passage of Scripture; a miracle. A multitude fed by five loaves of bread and two small fishes. Often in the shadow of this great miracle that Jesus did, a chapter later in Matthew, and two chapters later in Mark, is a similar yet often overlooked event.
Another multitude had gathered and followed Christ as He performed miracles and instructed the people. He again had compassion on them, and refused to send them away hungry. The disciples scoffed at the thought of finding enough bread to feed them within the wilderness. They must have already forgotten the feeding of the five thousand in recent days. Here, the crowd was a little smaller… four thousand men plus women and children. They found seven loaves of bread this time, and only a few fishes. Yet, in the Master’s hand it was enough, because He is always enough.
The supply was greater, the people fewer, but it was still nothing short of a miracle. Much like the disputing disciples, we tend to overlook this miracle and focus on the “greater” one of more people with fewer resources. What a pity that we only focus on the seemingly “bigger” things that God performs in our lives while overlooking the countless ways He continually provided for us every day. Christian, don’t get tunnel vision to only focus on the well-known areas that God is working in. Take time to realize and stand in wonder at every thing He does for you, and remind yourself to look for His power in every situation. No matter how big or small the matter, He is always in control.
He does it again and again, and He’ll do it again just when you need it.
“He’ll do it again, if we’ll just take a look at where we are now, and where we’ve been. Hasn’t He always come through for you? He’s the same now as then!” Karen Wheaton
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