Matthew 15:32-39: Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” 33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children.39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.
Is this a rerun of the feeding of the five thousand? There are some commentators that say it was the same story told with different facts and numbers. The same commentators try to undermine the faithfulness of the Scriptures in other places as well. But Jesus said that the “Scriptures cannot be broken.”
Haven’t you experienced similar events in your own life, events where you would think that you had learned your lesson only to have to learn it all over again? You run into a problem life and you worry about the outcome. Then, out of nowhere, God solves your problem. A few years later, you run into the same difficulty in your life, and it’s as if you forgot how God provided the first time. And God solves your problem again. It seems that the disciples had to learn the lesson that Jesus taught with the miracle of the loaves all over again.
God provides us with our daily bread. Even when we don’t notice. Even when we fail to give thanks. Even when we doubt because our cupboards are bare. God is forever faithful even when we are not.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for providing for my daily bread, even without my asking and certainly without my deserving it. If I have not learned the lesson of your faithfulness from my experience, then teach me from the Scriptures that you faithfully provide for the needs of your people. Amen.