My Response For Abundance (Matthew 15:32 – 16:11)
In the four gospels, Jesus collectively performed 37 miracles (not counting Birth and Resurrection). The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one mentioned in every gospel.
The Story Leading Up To The Miracle
The day starts with the news:
1) John the Baptist has just been beheaded.
John the Baptist and Jesus had a special relationship. John the Baptist was not only Jesus’ cousin, but Jesus called him the greatest man born (Matthew 11:11); John also testified about and baptized Jesus.
2) Jesus’ disciples have just returned from an evangelistic campaign.
They are tired, spent, and are in need of rest.
“What do you do when you are discouraged yourself, and someone…needs encouragement? What do you do when you don’t have it, and someone else is reaching for what you don’t have?” – Dr. Sam Chand
My response, in the middle of my need, positions me for abundance.
1) Abundance is being formed in the middle of your scarcity.
2) Abundance comes one step at a time.
It seems like they went from 2 fish and 5 loaves to 12 baskets. But actually, there were many steps. What’s the very next step you have to do? Whatever you are looking for will not start with the 12 baskets, it will start with the very next step you need to take.
3) In the middle of your neediness, keep your eye on the source.
The source is not the mom who packed the lunch, the boy who had the lunch, or the disciples who procured the food. The source is God.
4) Don’t you remember? (Matthew 16:9)
Don’t forget how God provided for you during your time of need in the past.