Buying groceries is challenging. Some days I seem to buy too many groceries, and other days I buy too few. I can’t predict with much accuracy my family’s rate of food consumption.
I can’t get groceries right, but God can. After rescuing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, He provided manna, a type of bread, for more than a million people every day for forty years. God told the Israelites to gather as much bread as each family needed. Scripture says, “The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed” (Exodus 16:17-18).
Jesus also managed to feed five thousand people bread and fish so that each person “had enough to eat” (John 6:12).
As I looked at these two crowd stories, I thought about how unique each person would be. There would be large and small appetites. Rich people who could afford bread and poor people who could not afford bread. Regardless of each person’s circumstance, God in Christ provided enough bread for all.
We sometimes think God cannot provide us with enough of His grace, love and peace to handle our lives. Yet in these two stories, we see God providing exactly what each person needs. These stories show us that we can depend on God in Christ to provide exactly what each of us needs to grow stronger in faith.
Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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