In Matthew 15, verses 32-39, there is this beautiful account of when our Lord fed a multitude; He looked upon the weary crowd, who had been following Him three days, and was moved with compassion.  Being in a desolate place, the disciples asked, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” (v.33)  Jesus responded with a question, “How many loaves do you have?” (v.34)  So with seven loaves and 404 Not Found

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a few small fish, Jesus fed the crowd that numbered four thousand men, besides women and children.

The one thing that stands out to me in this text is how Jesus can do so much with so little.  Is it not the case that many times we think of ourselves as limited and insignificant?  “I don’t have any talent.” “I have such limited means.” “I have nothing to offer.”  “I’m like that ‘one talent guy,’ how can I make a difference?”  On and on we go tossing out “reasons” that really miss the point.  Sure we are limited on our own, but that’s not the point.  And it’s true that without the blessing of God we can’t make much of a difference.  But thankfully, with God’s help, we can do the unexpectedly amazing.  Jesus, with just seven loaves and a few fish, fed the masses.

This same Jesus has promised to strengthen and bless us as we serve.  I love how Paul puts it, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20)  In another place, he states, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)  And in still yet another, he writes, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Co. 12:10)

So the point isn’t whether or not God can or will do something.  And the issue isn’t whether or not God can or will accomplish great things with little.  The question is, do we believe it?  Do we live each day anticipating God’s greatness to be manifested? Do we expect Him to do work amazing things in our relationships, at our work, in our churches or within our personal lives?  Or, do we just sit around wringing our hands wondering whether or not we have enough bread?

Friend, live your life with bold, confident and expectant faith.  Know that you know, that although you have little to offer, with such God can and may very well do something really amazing.  To Him be the glory!

Les Bonnett


How Many Loaves Do You Have?

March 4, 2020


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