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ALL Needs are Met
There was a multitude of people in Luke 9: 10-17 who were more concerned with following Jesus than they were about meeting their own physical needs. They followed Jesus intently and diligently for hours as He taught them about the kingdom of God and healed those needing healing.
In the process of time, the multitude found themselves in a situation where it had become late in the evening. They were in a deserted place, and all that could be found to eat were 5 loaves and 2 fish. This seemed not to be enough food for a crowd of 5,000+ including men, women, and children.
Jesus had a choice to make. He could send the crowd away spiritually full, yet physically hungry; or He could perform a miracle and feed them. We see in verse 12 that Jesus’ disciples were urging Him to send the people away hungry. “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”
Jesus chose to feed these people rather than send them away hungry. When all in the crowd had sat down, Jesus took the lunch (intended for one), looked toward heaven, blessed it, broke it into pieces, and gave it back to His disciples. His disciples distributed so much food that there were twelve baskets left over after everyone had eaten all that they wanted. Jesus took what looked like less than enough and suddenly it was changed to more than enough!
He was more than able to feed them spiritually and had done a magnificent job of doing so. The crowd was totally engrossed in His teachings and healings. So, why wouldn’t He be able to care for and provide for their physical needs. After all, He is a God of more than enough and He is able to supply all of our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
When we diligently seek Jesus and follow Him, He will not send us away with any of our needs unmet. He welcomed the crowd, so why would he send them away? Why wouldn’t He take care of them and their needs? The crowd got it right, they shifted their focus completely onto Jesus and his teachings. As a result of them wanting and desiring more of Jesus, they experienced a supernatural miracle of abundance and overflow. Being in the presence of Jesus always changes us and our situations making us credible witnesses for the kingdom of God.
Father, you see those things in my life that always seem to not be enough. I ask that you help me to get my focus off of those things and totally focus on seeking and following you with a pure heart and pure motives. I know from your word that you are able to take my not enough and miraculously change it to more than enough when I give it to you. So, Father, I trust you; and I thank you for taking it, blessing it, breaking it, and giving it back to me more than enough. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Scriptural reference Luke 9: 10-17 (NLT)
10 "When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. 11 But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick. 12 Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.” 13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?” 14 For there were about 5,000 men there. Jesus replied, “Tell them to sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 So the people all sat down. 16 Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. 17 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!"