(There were about 5,000 men there.) Jesus said to his followers, "Tell the people to sit in groups of about 50 people." So the followers did this and all the people sat down. Then Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus looked up into the sky and thanked God for the food. Then Jesus divided the food and gave it to the followers. Jesus told the followers to give the food to the people.
— Luke 9:14-16 NLT
For those of us who have read this story, there is a bizarre element that we often miss because of our familiarity. Jesus goes about his task in such an orderly and planned way. Then, right in the middle of executing his orderly plan, he interjects the miraculous. It is like the creation story in Genesis 1, told with such order and precision until you look at really what is happening and then it is simply miraculous beyond description. We don't often put the "bean counter" side of things in the same context as the "holy hand waver" side of things. We have a tendency to segment people into the empirical, orderly, and predictable OR the emotional, expressive, and excitable. However, the Lord brings both together with a prayer of blessing to provide a picnic for over 5,000. Maybe there is a powerful reminder of our need for both types of approaches and people. Maybe there is an ever more powerful reminder that we need to be open and respectful to both approaches in the same event. God brings order out of chaos and provides blessing out of potential disaster and he does it in a neat, orderly, and miraculous way.
Thank you, dear God, for being bigger than my stereotypes. Thank you for calling me to be more than just my preferences. Thank you for bringing order out of chaos. Thank you for providing order and symmetry. Thank you for doing what defies description. Thank you for being Sovereign and gracious. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 12:6-8
- 1 Corinthians 12:12-21
- Ephesians 4:16
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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