-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
Wherever Jesus traveled, the Kingdom of God was being demonstrated before men. The more He did, the more people wanted to see. From day to day, people’s curiosity grew, and His popularity increased. Many times great crowds followed Him, or gathered to hear Him. On one occasion, toward evening, the people were in an isolated place. They grew hungry, but there was no place to shop and no food on hand. Jesus’ disciples looked at the situation and saw a great need, but a small provision—a few loaves of bread and two fishes. They reasoned that a natural need could only be met by a natural solution. Jesus saw something else. He knew that a natural need can be met in a supernatural way. Jesus took the small amount of food that could only feed one, blessed it and multiplied it to feed a multitude.
From the beginning it has been in the heart of God to meet the needs of people. One of God’s names is “The Lord Provides.” He provides because He cares, because He loves, and because He is faithful. Redemption was God’s plan to meet our greatest need, the need to be saved and forgiven. God is also concerned about meeting our personal, physical, and practical needs, as well as our spiritual needs. When Jesus lived among us He clearly taught and expressed what was in the heart of His Father. Jesus told us that when we see Him—His actions, His attitudes, His acts—we have seen the Father. He told us that He and the Father are one, and that He did only those things which He saw His Father doing.
When Jesus met peoples' needs He was teaching us important lessons about His kingdom, and showing us important things about His ways. He wants us to know that when we face a need we don’t need to reason it out, but let God work it out. He was helping us to understand that there are no limits with God, and no limitation to His power. Jesus worked in ways that would build our faith, increase our trust, and strengthen our confidence in Him. He wants us to live a life free of worry and anxiety, fear and doubt, confusion and uncertainty. He wants us to be contented, totally resting within the arms of His loving care.
Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread (Psalm 37:25 NLT).
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NLT).