Jesus feeds the five thousand in Matthew 14: 13 - 21.
"We have only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered.
"Bring them here to me," He said.
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
I cried out to God today, life had been so rough for me.
As I walked He reminded me of this story, and said, "remember the five thousand..."
Jesus fed five thousand people out of five loaves of bread and two fish.
You see, some weeks ago, I had to come to Him in repentance of some sins, and I was so lost, I was so lost without Him.
My life had taken a different turn, and I couldn't do it without Him.
With tendencies to try to live life "perfectly", I knew He wanted me to realize that I couldn't work for my salvation and that it was already done for at the cross:
"But now He has appeared once and for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself." Hebrews 9:26b
Where does the story of the five loaves of bread come into this?
Jesus said, "come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
That's for everyone.
He said He wanted me to come to Him, that He is able to feed me.
He didn't say to me, "Tawana, come to me when you have cleaned up your act." No, He said, "Just as you are, just as you are crying, just as you are."
I felt like I had to have this cleaned up heart, this cleaned up act before I prayed to Him, but that's not what He wants.
He came to die for a reason, so we wouldn't have to work for our salvation or work to gain His approval. It can only be a lie from the devil to think that we can attain some right standing with God in one way or another for it says,
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21
The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves made sense to me now:
I can come to Him with the little that I have and say, "Jesus, this is all I have, this is all I have, take it from me please, take it," and He will change it. He will change it.
If it's something bad I'm giving to Him, He'll wash it away, He'll wash it away, He is able.
If it's something good that I'm giving Him , He will multiply it, He will give me the amount that I need, He's so generous.
"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over..." Matthew 14: 20
"But He said to me, 'My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me...For when I am weak, then I am strong" -2 Corinthians 12:9 - 10
God wants you to come to Him with all of your problems, your situations. He doesn't want you to be working for your salvation or to think that you can attain anything. He is the only one who can fix them for you and do it for you.
Don't be embarrassed about coming to Him, He wants you to know that He cares for you and nothing is too big or too bad for Him to take. He is, in fact, God.
And He loves you and wants you to come close to Him.