The Fifth Week of Lent

Sunday, April 3
Read Matthew 14:1-21

An unknown monk in a tiny German town was upset by abuses he found in the church. Who knew Martin Luther would spark a Reformation which would change Christianity forever?

A teenage boy walking the streets of London in a blizzard stumbled into a tiny Methodist chapel for shelter. The preacher couldn’t get to the church, so an illiterate farmer preached. He simply quoted Scripture, then pointed a bony finger at the teenager huddled in the back of the room and said, “Look to God and be saved.” Who knew that Charles Spurgeon would become the greatest Baptist preacher in history?

When Dwight Moody came to Christ, he was functionally illiterate. The church asked him some simple Bible questions which he could not answer, so they refused him membership. Who knew he would preach to 10 million people?

In our text, a “great crowd of people” has been following Jesus. Now the hour is late and they are hungry. Jesus wants to feed them but his disciples have no food. Andrew finds a small boy with an even smaller lunch, five thin crusts of bread and two sardine-like fish. In Jesus’ hands they become a magnificent feast, so that “they all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (v. 20). To make sure we don’t miss the significance of the miracle, Matthew adds this note: “The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children” (v. 21).

God can hit straight licks with crooked sticks. He can do much with little. Your King can do miraculous things with your lunch, but you must first put it in his omnipotent hands.

For reflection
Do you feel insufficient to the responsibilities or problems of your life today? Place your challenges and resources in Jesus’ omnipotent hands. Trust him to transform your sacrifice into a great banquet for his glory and your good. Have you given your “lunch” to him yet today?

Center for Informed Faith http://www.informedfaith.com/resources/lenten-devotional


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