God Provides

Through faith in God, and by His own divine power, Jesus fed a huge crowd by multiplying a few loaves and fishes. This miracle stunned His disciples so much that all four Gospels record it. John tells us that the crowd immediately moved to make Jesus their king. Jesus had told His followers not to worry about food and drink, but to trust their Father to provide (6:25-34). We are to pray for our daily bread (6:11). We must also work with our hands, as a number of His parables indirectly teach (13:1-9, 24-30, 31-32, 33, 47-48; 20:1-14; 21:33-34). Indeed, severe punishments await those who refuse to work (25:14-30; see also 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12). Nevertheless, when all is said and done, we need not worry, for God will provide for His people. Unless, for some extraordinary purposes, He wills that we suffer hardship and hunger (2 Corinthians 11:27; Hebrews 11:37-38), we can count on Him to give us what we need each day. Even when the situation seems impossible, we may be confident of His power to supply our needs. This crowd in the desert had no way of getting enough to eat, but Jesus served enough food to satisfy them all. Thus, under all circumstances, we can say with David, “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).