Most people have heard of Jesus’ miracle in which over 5,000 people were fed with five loaves and two fish. What impresses me just as much as the miraculous multiplication which allowed this meal was what happened afterward. That is, Jesus instructed His disciples to gather up the leftovers so that nothing would be lost. The count? Twelve full baskets of bread!
Think of it: Jesus gave away all that they had to their name…and, after thousands of hungry people had their fill, He had more than He had started with!
Amazing as the abundance was, however, I was even more struck by the fact that Jesus ordered the fragments to be gathered at all. Human thinking might have figured, “”What’s the point; if you need more food later, just do another miracle.” Obviously, God does not think this way. Just because God can do a miracle does not mean that we should forego normal prudence so that He be required to do so again. God is not a magician that we should expect Him to do tricks – and even less so that He should do them at our command.
When the miraculous is required for our deliverance, God will demonstrate it. Especially if we are being generous with others. Nevertheless, we should never be frivolous with God’s provision, for perhaps He means that miracle’s provision to serve more than one occasion. In any case, a miracle should evoke in us a sense of awe, gratitude, reverence, and humility – not greed, arrogance, expectation, and pride.
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