More Than Loaves

By Linda Tancs

The Bible relates two instances when Jesus fed multitudes with just a few loaves of bread (see, e.g., Mark 6:31-44; Mark 8:1-9). These stories about multiplying bread to feed thousands are more than just miracles, though. There’s something deeper going on than Jesus’s desire to feed throngs of followers and his ability to do it on meager rations. Indeed, these stories represent Jesus’s desire to feed us with joy, hope and strength to face the challenges that prevent us from growing—mentally, emotionally or spiritually.

What are your challenges? Do you have undeveloped skills, stalled projects or strained relationships? Don’t despair. Jesus is waiting to feed you.

You Can Do It

By Linda Tancs

The gospels relate the story of Jesus’s multiplication of five loaves and two fish to feed a multitude of thousands (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-13). It’s a popular story, evidence of Jesus’s capacity to perform miracles. But there’s a deeper message, one involving trust and partnership. When the crowds following Jesus needed to be fed, the disciples wanted Jesus to send them away to find provisions for themselves. But Jesus wanted his disciples to find provisions, knowing full well what He would do with them. Throughout the Bible, the message is this: we’re partners. You do your part and He’ll do His part. If the disciples hadn’t taken on the burden of identifying the existing resources to feed the hungry, then they would’ve missed the blessing of the Lord’s provision.

Do you frequently ask God for a miracle to get you out of a certain situation? What part of the problem can you own? What steps can you take to address it? You can do it. Then bring the rest to Him. He’ll do His part.

In God’s Hands

By Linda Tancs

I love watching antiques shows and other programs that explore the value of things. A baseball is just a baseball unless Babe Ruth threw it. A dusty painting in the attic is worth at best a few dollars unless it turns out to be a da Vinci.

On a spiritual level, the value of things turns out quite differently when placed in God’s hands. Jesus was able to take a few loaves of bread and some fish on two occasions and feed thousands of people (Matthew 14:13-21 and 15:32-39; Mark 6:31-44 and 8:1-9; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-14).  He also turned water into wine at a wedding ceremony, performing his first miracle (John 2:1-11). In each case, His divine ability to meet the needs of everyone around Him is illustrated.

Imagine how powerful it would be to place your cares in God’s hands. The returns are priceless.