A Devotional Thought From John’s Gospel
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? John 6:9
But what are they among so many? In the hands of Jesus the little was much. To the disciples it was amazing to think Jesus could do such a thing, turn so little into so much. It must have been incredible to those who filled their hands and mouths with the crusty, chewy bread and dried fish. “I’m really hungry. How many pieces can I have?” may have been the question of many in that crowd. The disciple passing the basket of miracle food said, as much as you want. And the hungry fellow grabbed a fistful of fish and several chunks of bread. What about everybody else? All 5000 and more had as much as they wanted, and even so there were 12 baskets of leftover bread. What are those five loaves and two fish among more than 5000? So few among so many. It depends on Jesus.
In a society quickly descending into a moral abyss with so many against the gospel and its moral dimension, Christians preaching traditional Christianity are the few among the many. At least, so the court decisions of recent years seem to indicate. The hopeful application of this record of the feeding of the 5000 is that though the preachers of righteousness seem to be so few among so many, Jesus can work miracles through us. Keep on keeping on. His word shall not return void. We gotta believe! It all depends on Jesus.
O Lord, let our testimony and ministries be the loaves and fish You use to feed our nation and the world the Bread of Life today. In Jesus’ name we ask, Amen.