As I was reading this morning I found myself in Matthew, one of the most powerful books of the Bible where the Lord demonstrates his power again and again through all sorts of miracles. The Lord healed every sick person brought to Him, lepers, the blind, the mute, the Lord healed anything and everything because of his mighty power. Perhaps one of my favorite indications of the Lord’s power however is the breaking of bread. Did you know that the Lord Jesus Christ feed thousands with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish? Did you know that the Lord’s power extends over all things and that because of His power He was able to feed five thousand men with just a few loaves of bread! That’s not even counting the women and children!
Close your eyes and try to imagine, over five thousand people are following the Lord because they know He is power. They are following Him because He provides them peace and understanding. Night is approaching and the crowd of is hungry, they are far away from a place where they could buy food enough for this many. The disciples ask the Lord to send the people away so they may find food, and the gracious Lord provides as he always does: 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew Chapter 14 verse 13-18)
I want you to notice a few things, first Jesus Christ is the Son of God. God has power over all things and because of his Lordship Jesus Christ has power over all things! Jesus Christ did not want to send the people away! He knew his time was brief with them! Instead what did he do? He told the disciples to feed them! He took the very little they had, probably just enough for Jesus and them, he gave THANKS, Jesus Christ GAVE THANKS FOR VERY LITTLE and God increased the bread to feed over 5000! How powerful you are O’ Lord! You are mighty and eternal. He feed 5000 people with FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD! Was this some kind of magical bread? Where these some kind of secret fish that are extinct now? NO! These where FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD and 2 FISH! I don’t know about you but five loaves of bread would feed maybe 20-30 people. The Lord feed 5000…
So to my brothers and sisters in Christ I say this, to those who are hungry, feed them. To those who have nothing, share what you have. Do not worry about giving away your lunch even if that is all you will have to eat for today because the Lord will provide for you always! Remember that the Lord loves you and made you in his image, the Lord provides for all the animals, birds, and all those things that don’t worship the Lord, know how much more He loves you and how he will provide for you! Remember: 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? (Matthew Chapter 6 verse 26-27 NIV)
Also never forget as a Christian you are required to provide for your brothers and sisters, even if you have to take the shirt of your own back to do so: 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke Chapter 3 verse 11 NIV) So back to the subject for this post “The end of world hunger”, if every Christian truly obeyed the words of God hunger would be gone today. If every Christian truly provided for every brother and sister instead of worrying about every small thing in life the end of world hunger would happen over night. If we praise the Lord in all we do and truly give thanks we will be provided with more than we ever need!
So today praise the Lord and secretly do something to help someone in need. Secretly feed someone, don’t just sit at the light praying for the light to change, roll down your window and share as we are commanded to do so! Praise your heavenly Father and provide for your brothers and sisters. Remember your reward is not here on this earth but as you stand at judgment before the Father. Praise the Lord and I truly pray that we can all provide for our brothers and sisters so that we may glorify the Lord and show Him that we obey and his sacrifice is so much greater than any sacrifice we could ever make! Thank you Lord!