Who hasn’t made a meal and then realized there wasn’t quite enough to go around? Or had more people show up to eat than expected? If so, what was our response? Did we ask God to stretch our resources so we could feed everyone?
Most of us don’t ask God for help, thinking it’s our own fault for not planning well. But maybe if we ask, God might just surprise us. Like how Andrew asked Jesus, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9).
Undaunted by his question of how they could possibly feed a hungry multitude with such a small amount of food, “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish” (John 6:11).
What was supplied wasn’t just a nibble either because everyone ate as much as they wanted, and as John 6:13 describes, the leftovers alone filled twelve baskets.
Likewise during Elisha’s food shortage, God increased twenty loaves of bread to feed more than 100 men, along with leftovers (2 Kings 4:42-44). Still in today’s setting many of us don’t ask God to help stretch our resources.
However, Bible teacher Marilyn Hickey writes in her book, It's Not Over Until You Win, about her 2008 Cairo Egypt training conference where the 3,500 KFC lunches ordered were not going to be enough for the 5,000 attendees who showed up. But God didn’t let anyone go hungry. Everyone received meals, along with 1,200 leftovers lunches distributed afterwards to the community.
Going Forward with Great Hope and Prayer
As Franks reports, “Wuhan is re-emerging. Some nearby communities have reported opening soon or have already opened temporarily. We feel our restrictions will be lightened soon.
“We are living with great hope here in Wuhan, and we have great hope for you, too. You are praying for us, and we are praying for you."
Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.
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