It is easy to lose focus when things are going well. Only a short time before, the disciples were completely overwhelmed with the idea that they were going to have to feed 5000 men and their families. Then Jesus prayed and started distributing bread and fish. Then when everyone was fed, Jesus brought the disciples back to reality—Go pick up the leftovers! Amazingly, there were 12 baskets of leftovers. After their experience, Jesus made sure his guys were also well fed. God provided what was needed. It was a generous meal, but not a gluttonous feast.
Then Jesus had to leave. He knew men’s hearts. They were grateful, but, they also knew he was a man from God. They would make him King—the leader to go show those Romans who was boss. Jesus was not there to show men who was boss; he was there to show men who God really was—his love, his plan and his commitment to the ones he created. So he withdrew, the people would go home and would have a memory of a time when God showed up and provided a nice picnic.
God still provides today. There are times when he does truly miraculous things that astound and amaze. But mostly God does the things necessary to show us who he is and how he loves us. The longer we follow him, the more apparent it is that he wants us to say focused on the message and not on the miracles. We are called to make the most of his provision and to share what we have seen with those who are empty, lost and hopeless. Miracles are great to see, but they pass and in the end, we move on and cling to him, not the miracle—waste not, want not!
God Bless You
Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.