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“Do you remember the story about the feeding of the five thousand in Matthew’s gospel?” Stan asked me one morning.
“I do,” I replied. “The leftover bread is why that restaurant where we first met is called ‘Twelve Baskets’.” [See Posting Number 3, “So it Began.”]
“You’re right, my friend,” Stan replied, “but there is something in that story before the leftovers that is essential for me in dealing with God’s provision.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“After Jesus had blessed the food, He broke the bread and gave it to the disciples, but He gave it to them for the one purpose of passing it on to the crowd.”
Continuing, Stan said, “Jesus did not give the disciples bread for themselves, but for the crowd, and that is exactly what I am to do with what I am blessed with.”
“Don’t you think the disciples ate some of the bread?” I asked.
“Oh, I’m sure they did at some point,” Stan replied, “but I think the main thing for them to have done was to pass it on to the hungry crowd. There was going to be a time for them to eat.”
Continuing, he said, “What I get from the Lord is not just for me. No, whatever God provides, whether physical or spiritual blessings, my role is to pass it on, not hoard it for myself.”
“But,” I replied, “if God gives you something, isn’t it okay to just accept it and be content with His provision?”
“Is that what the disciples did with the bread Jesus gave them?”
He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Matthew 14:19.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all of your provision. You bless me with spiritual truth and you bless me with physical provision. I confess that too often I want to keep, and do keep, your provision for myself. Please forgive me for that selfishness. And please, Lord, lead and help me to follow, in passing on every blessing you pour out on me. Help me to bless others with all you bless me. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.