Before when reading the gospels, I would glance over the miracles of Jesus feeding thousands. After all they aren’t as exciting as raising people from the dead, or walking on water. But they are just as important. Important enough, that twice when Jesus feed the masses, both times were recorded. Why? Because both miracles are perfect examples of why Jesus came.
The first account happened in the area of Galilee where Jesus fed five thousand Jews. The second account, as told in Mark 8, happened in a different part of the country where Jesus fed four thousand Gentiles. In both situations, the Lord took the little amount of fish and loaves and multiplied them greatly. A great blessing He gave to both the Jews and the Gentile alike. And that’s why the Son of God came. To be a blessing to all. The living bread that nourishes our souls, Jesus Himself says in John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
These miracles are also a lesson in trusting Him completely. When Jesus shares His plan with the disciples to feed the people, they once again doubt His ability by asking, “Where would anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?” (v. 4). Even after all they had witnessed, they still didn’t understand the power of Jesus overcomes all difficulties.
The truth is Jesus didn’t need those seven loaves and few fishes. He could have spoken into existence a feast fit for kings. Instead He wanted to show what we can gain by trusting the Lord with everything we have, great and small.
When we trust Jesus completely, He will reward our faith by providing a bountiful of blessings in our lives. And He will keep on providing. Instead of making one big pile of bread and another big pile of fish, Jesus handed out a little at a time. And He kept doing so until as Mark 8: 8 tells us, “…they ate and were satisfied…”. That’s how God acts in our lives. He’s always loving and providing for our every need and sustaining us with the power of His word. What do you do in times of hunger? Do you, like the disciples, focus on the problem instead of on God? Or do you trust Him to fill you up until you are satisfied?