I always thought the feeding of the five-thousand was a one-of-a-kind miracle. But without desiring to subtract from it's abundance, it was not the first time God amazed in such a way. For Elisha, God's mighty prophet was called to help in a similar situation of lack.
Twenty loaves of bread were given. One hundred people stood to be fed. And Elisha, like Jesus told the attendant to hand it out... to trust the provision.
So he gave it to them,
and as the Lord had promised,
they ate and had some left over.
2 Kings 4:44
But we do not serve a God of "just enough." I mean, even people can often find a creative way to stretch a limited supply. Like tell everyone not to take as much. Cut the pieces even smaller. Or distract and delay the crowd until more can be bought or made.
How grateful I am that we do not serve a God of distraction and disappointment. Rather He wants not only to supply, but to leave us with leftovers... remainders... remains.
Could it be possible that His message is not only abundance in everything we lack. But also that He longs that we remain dependent on Him? That we remain in a state of need which only He can fulfill?
Let us not be satisfied with only what we can make do. Let us instead, admit our inability to provide it all, so that we can remain in His Gracious Abundance.
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