"Portrait of a Provider"
October 27, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. John 6:11
When some of our fellow human beings have insufficient food, we sometimes dismiss their plight quickly and say, "It is their own fault; they have been careless." We ought to remember that we, too, on occasion were so engrossed in nonessentials that we have neglected the necessary.
The multitudes that followed the Master "saw signs," and their curiosity became aroused by the miracles. They forgot the time of day and the place -- uninhabited hills devoid of markets. In facing the problem of feeding the multitude, human resources could declare only the inadequacy of "eight months' wages" (John 6:7) and "five small barley loaves and two small fish" (John 6:9). But Christ, the provider, was not only the first to recognize the problem, but already He had the solution in mind. His gifts, then and now, are superior, unmeasured, and satisfying. The multitude "all had enough to eat" (John 6:2) while the remaining fragments "filled twelve baskets" (John 6:13). What providence!
Even when we are careless and inept, even when we are unconscious of our needs, even when we pursue lesser goals, Christ cares for us and graciously meets our needs. O wondrous love! That same love moved Him to lay down His life for us.
PRAYER: Jesus, Bread of Life, You came down from heaven to provide for all our needs. Nourish our souls with Your Word. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)