Many of us know this story by heart, even as I was reading this I was just skimming over the verses.
Jesus drew great crowds wherever He went, and they often followed Him great distances away from home.
Here we find the people 3 days into their time with Jesus, and He doesn’t want to send them away hungry. He was moved with compassion.
“In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat:
And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far.
And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.
So they did eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets.
And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.”
How often do we feel that the little we have is not enough? That surely God can’t use the little we have?
I am reminded of a song from my childhood….one of the lines goes….”Little is much when God is in it…” That fits perfectly with this scripture.
The disciples had little to offer, and a multitude of hungry people waiting.
Yet, they didn’t hold back that which they had.
Jesus received the loaves and fish.
With which He performed a miracle before their eyes.
It isn’t the size of the things we give God, it is in the giving that we are able to see Him work miracles before our eyes.
May we open our hands, hearts and lives for that which God can do through all we have to give….whether great or small…..