Read Matthew 14 v13-21. Please read the passage a couple of times and see what stands out for you, before you read on.
V13,14 – we read that Jesus felt the loss and grief of his cousin, John the Baptist’s death and sought solitude; but the crowds did not understand his need and probably did not know of their relationship, so they followed him and even though grieving himself, he was still able to have compassion for them and spent time healing the sick and probably teaching them too. It is no different today, whatever our need is, be it physical, mental or spiritual, God has time for us and welcomes us to lean on Him and share our problems with Him. Why not pause and talk to him now?
V15,16,17 – The lateness brought a human response from the disciples for the need for food, and it would mean the crowds leaving, but Jesus’ response was to invite the disciples to use their faith right where they were to fulfil the need instead. They had something to offer but it seemed insufficient for the number of people. Jesus took the little they had and gave thanks to God for it.
Question – how often are we grateful for what we have, even when it appears to be a small amount?
Jesus then demonstrated to them the power of faith and miraculously provided a feast which blessed so many. “They all ate and were satisfied”. Only in V21 do we get a sense of the magnitude of the miracle.
Question – What are you able to offer to Jesus today that he can take and make a blessing to many?
Our God is still the God of miracles, even with COVID-19 around.