11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks, He distributed them to those who were seated; the same also with the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they had eaten enough, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces so that nothing will be lost.”13 So they gathered them up, and they filled twelve large baskets with pieces from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
The feeding of the five thousand is a bible story that fascinates us. If you are like me you wish you were there to experience it. The multitudes are hungry and though the disciples want Jesus to send the people away, Jesus has other plans; he wants the disciples to embark on a feeding program and feed the multitude. The only problem is that they do not have enough money to buy food and the only thing available is a little boy’s lunch of two fishes and five loaves.
Jesus takes the little lunch, blesses it and breaks it and He hands it over to the disciples to distribute. Everybody eats to their fill and once they are done Jesus directs the disciples to collect the left overs and they collect 12 baskets full. One basket for every disciple as I like to think of it.
Now wait a minute, did Jesus do his math wrong? Did He miscalculate the numbers in the multitude when his did this miracle? I do not think so. I believe Jesus is teaching us a very important lesson here when it comes to God and provision. All they had was a little boy’s lunch and as Andrew said, what good would that do in the midst of so many? When placed in the hands of Jesus in faith and from a good heart then it is able to accomplish much. What was little became more than enough. I believe Jesus is teaching us that we serve a God of more than enough if only we will believe in Him fully and trust that He knows what He is doing.
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,
This is the God we serve but many times are not able to experience this abundance because we look at what we have and we give up or we look at the little we have and we want to hold on to it so tightly unlike the boy who was willing to give out his lunch. Note he did not share his lunch; he gave it out completely, whole heartedly.
God is not limited in resources, He owns everything and so when He asks for the little that you and I have, we should be making a mad dash to place it in His hands because we have the faith and are assured that it will not come back the same way we gave it to Him because He is the God of more than enough!