Moody Global Ministries – Today in the Word – GOD PROVIDES EVEN WHEN WE’RE OVERWHELMED

Read JOHN 6:1–13

God promised Israel abundant provision for the Year of Jubilee. A single harvest would suffice for three years’ worth of food—the harvest year itself, the sabbath (seventh) year following, and the Year of Jubilee (every 50 years) after that. The Lord said, “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years” (Lev. 25:21).

One of Jesus’ miracles in particular evokes this theme of abundant provision—the feeding of the 5,000. It’s the only miracle (other than the Resurrection) found in all four Gospels. One of its many lessons is that God provides even when we feel overwhelmed.

There’s no question that this situation was too much to handle by ordinary means. The crowd numbered 5,000 men, but including women and children it would have been much larger. Philip guessed it would take six months’ wages to buy enough food for them (v. 7), an estimate that may have been a bit low. Even if they would have had the money, they were not near a market. Instead, Andrew found one boy with one small lunch consisting of five barley loaves and two fish. “How far will they go among so many?” he asked (v. 9). Not far, obviously. Andrew’s question implied a request, made in faith, for Jesus to do something.

Jesus in fact already had a plan (v. 6). He miraculously multiplied the boy’s lunch into more than enough food

for all the people. There were even leftovers (v. 13)! One study Bible notes that at this time all Jews carried small baskets for picking up scraps after meals because wasting bread was seen as disrespecting God’s provision. Giving thanks for the food was not a mere ritual, but a way to honor and glorify God for this miracle.


You probably don’t have to feed a crowd of 5,000, but perhaps it feels like 5,000 bill collectors are knocking at your door! Commit to the Lord any overwhelming situation you’re facing, and read the rest of John 6. Though things look impossible, we can trust God to provide, and we already have the most abundant provision of all—His Son.

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