Boy with Loaves and Fish with Jesus, painted by Brian Jeckel
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.
In the midst of His day, a day filled with requests, endless ideas of what they perceive God to be, ideas of what He should be, their joy, their pain, their trouble, Jesus acted lovingly.
So much need. So many requests. With God, He will find a way.
Israel was named for Jacob - who believed that blessings should be multiplied. Jesus lived this in John 6 - the boy with the fish Jesus multiplied to feed thousands.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Who are these people peppering Jesus with their prayer requests? It is us. Jesus as the Son of God can speak a blessing over God's provision. How can we do less?
Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Father God, in this life we hunger for permanence and, in fact, what is permanent is Spiritual. When we clothe ourselves in the Breastplate of Righteousness You tell us of in Ephesians 6, of this armor. We need only put this on and one time in our lives - with faith in Jesus' Righteousness covering us. Abraham believed God and this was counted to him as righteousness in Father God's eyes.
This is fine to remind us, however, once is only needed for Spiritual armor.
In Romans 8, Father God You say when we believe we are justified by faith, and have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We obtain access to You by faith and this Grace is where we stand. We can stand in awe and rejoice in Hope because of Your Mighty Glory.
In Jesus we endure, solve and overcome our difficulties - we can rejoice every day - this overcoming produces character, character produces hope and Hope in Jesus Christ does not put us to shame. God's love pours into our hearts as the Holy Spirit has been - given - to us.
Father help us to remember to take our blessings to bless others. Like You have done here.
In Jesus Christ we clothe ourselves, the ones we love, the people God has given us, our Churches, our Pastors and our Nation and all the Nations of God with His Word -
Father God, You are Vast as the Universe You created and You respond to faith. In the Highest Name of Jesus we clothe ourselves, the ones we love, the people God has given us, our Churches, our Pastors and our State and Nation and all the Nations of God with His Word:
Help us be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Putting on this full armor of God, to be able to stand your ground stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the gospel of peace. The shield of faith. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And in Jesus we place this permanently for all the Lord’s people. We ask this of You, Father for Your Word. Amen in Jesus.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †