Right now it is pouring rain outside. I’m ever so thankful. I’ve got a garden planted and rain from the heavens always seems to make everything grow better than that from the water hose. Rain is one of those gifts of common grace that the Lord has bestowed on all of mankind. see Matthew 5:43-48.
The Lord provides. The ground needs water, and he sends it. He is a good of provision. Jesus spoke of this a little later on in the Sermon on the Mount, see Matthew 6:25-34. He always provides. Yet, no matter how many times we’ve sang with the hymn writer, “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er.” We can still doubt his goodness and his provision.
The Lord Jesus extends his grace to the just and to the unjust. He extended his mercy and compassion on the crowds that followed him, even if it was only for their fill of the loaves he fed them. In Mark’s gospel (I’m preaching through it on Sunday mornings and this pericope happens to be my text for this Lord’s Day.) it is recorded that Jesus feeds the 5,000 in Mark 6 and again in Mark 8 the Lord feeds a multitude again. The disciples are with the Lord Jesus as both of these feedings. They even distributed the food to the crowds. They saw, but they didn’t understand the provision of the Lord.
After Jesus had fed a multitude for a second time they disciples find themselves in a boat with Jesus once again as we have seen them doing so many times in Mark’s gospel. They realize that they only have one loaf of bread with them in the boat. One loaf? One loaf cannot feed 13 grown men! I wouldn’t be full splitting a loaf with 12 other men. They had just witnessed Jesus feed 4000 people with seven loaves, couldn’t he take care of the 13 of them with one loaf. Absolutely he could.
The Lord had something more in mind than a lack of bread on the boat. He is more concerned with the spiritual things. (Mark 8:15) Lest you think he is only concerned with the spiritual not the physical go back and read of his compassion on the crows in Mark 8:1-10. The disciples drop the ball so to speak when they lack the understanding of the provision of their Lord.
“And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand?Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.” “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.” And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?” – Mark 8:16-20
They didn’t need to worry about the bread. Jesus has got the bread thing handled. He can feed the multitudes with the meal of a little boy. Beloved, you and I even though we’ve seen the Lord provide again and again if we are not careful can slip into thinking that the Lord cannot handle our situation. He clothes the lilies of the field and provides for the birds of the air. He lived his life perfectly, and died a sinless sacrifice to atone for the sins of this people once and for all. He attends to our cares, he attends to our needs. He has done greater things than feed the thousand loaves and fishes. He will always cause all things to work together for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. It is his purpose after all that calls. His plans aren’t ours and they will never be thwarted. He brings his children into this world and he will keep his children ’til their dying day and call them home to dwell with him forever more. Whatever our worries, he is our peace. Whatever our needs, he is our provision. Whatever our sin, he is our sacrifice. Whatever the struggle, he is our warrior. Whatever it is, I assure you beloved there is nothing beyond his care. I rest confidently knowing that he’s got this or that now or to come. Let us understand.