Always and abundantly, Jesus provides! This next gift our Lord has for us is His PROVISION for everything we need in life. As with all of the other gifts Jesus gives us, His provision satisfies. In Christ, we find our greatest and richest prize.
Jesus was invited to a wedding in Cana, and there get a glimpse of his ability to abundantly provide for our needs. The party was in full swing, everyone having a good time and then…the wine ran out. Mary asked Jesus for help and then gathered the servants around and said, “Do whatever he tells you.” I want those words to become my daily motto. Lord Jesus, today, help me to do whatever You tell me to do. Jesus wound up turning water (somewhere between 1200-1800 gallons worth) into wine.
We find a crucial spiritual truth in this miracle. Not only does Jesus provide more than we ask for, but His provision is the best. What Jesus has to offer us is always better than what we could manufacture on our own. John’s gospel tells us that the master of the wedding banquet commented on the new wine that Jesus made: “You have saved the best for last.”
We see this beautiful reality of the Lord’s abundant provision in Matthew’s gospel. Jesus had just been informed that his friend John the Baptist had lost his life at the hands of Herod. Scripture tells us that Jesus went to a solitary place to seek privacy, but the crowds followed him. We see another wonderful aspect of our Savior’s heart in this passage. He had just lost his dear friend, but when Jesus saw the crowds, “he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matt 14:14) Jesus takes our meager “5 fish and 2 loaves” living and transforms it into a miraculous provision of grace. When the 5,000 were finished “and were satisfied,” the disciples collected twelve basketfuls of leftovers. Jesus provides for our daily needs no matter how big or small, and He does so abundantly. We will never have a need that Jesus can’t fill. Ever.
Another time, Jesus took seven loaves of bread and and a few fish and fed 4,000 because He had compassion on them. “The people ate and were satisfied.” (Mark 8:8) As with the feeding of the 5,000, there was an abundance of the Lord’s blessing. This time the disciples collected seven basketfuls of leftovers were collected.
After Jesus rose from the grave, he appeared to his disciples who had been spending a fruitless night fishing on the Sea of Tiberius. Jesus met them on the shore and asked if they had caught anything. The Bible says that they said they hadn’t. Jesus told them to go back out and guaranteed that they would find some. They obeyed. When we let Jesus guide our daily steps down the path he has charted for us, we reap abundant blessings. The disciples caught so many fish that they couldn’t haul in the net.
Heavenly Father, thank you for letting Jesus come down here to save us! Jesus thank you for taking our place on the cross! Jesus give us strength to get out of your way in our lives. Help us to remember that you offer abundantly more than anything this life has to offer. Help us walk the path that you have chosen for us, not the one we think might bring the most earthly satisfaction. And, help us listen to you and obey your precious commands. In your mighty Name we pray. Amen.