And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.
This is the record of when Jesus fed five thousand men, plus whatever women and children that were present, in the desert.
The multitude had followed Jesus out into the desert when He had sent the disciples there to rest after John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod. Jesus had sent the disciples to rest, in Jesus’ words, and yet when they arrived at the appointed place there was a multitude there waiting on them. When Jesus saw the multitude He was moved with compassion for them because Jesus saw them as sheep without a shepherd.
Things had changed. John had preached, led and protected the multitude up to that point and now John has been executed for standing against Herod’s immoral desire for his brother’s wife. Thus Jesus saw them as sheep without a shepherd and had compassion on them.
After spending a long time teaching the multitude many things Jesus tells His disciples to feed the multitude. The disciples respond by telling Jesus He will have to send everyone away to get their own food because they don’t have any. Jesus then has the disciples gather what food they do have which came to five loaves and two fishes. Jesus takes the paltry supplies and looks to heaven, He blesses and then brakes the five loaves and two fishes before giving them to the disciples to serve to the multitude. After feeding the multitude there were twelve baskets of food left over.
In this era of post-modernism and it could even be argued, post-christianity, the goal seems to always be more, bigger and better. Yet that is completely contrary to the way Jesus did it. Jesus feed five thousand plus people with five loaves and two fishes. He was able to do that because number one He looked to heaven. He wasn’t looking to the government, the corporate world, the rich, the educational system, the justice system or even the church to take care of those in the desert place. Rather He looked to “Our Father which art heaven”. He then divided what He had among those around Him that day. Miraculously everyone was fed and there was way more left over than Jesus even started with.
The way to succeed in whatever you are doing is to love the LORD with all your being by looking to heaven and then loving your neighbor as your self. You will always end up with more than you begin with when you implement and practice this on simple principle of the Kingdom of Heaven.
He is Jehovah-jireh!