Five barley loaves and two fish ...

Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. -John 6:7-11 NRSV

It is true, when some people see obstacles others see opportunity. Not sure what Andrew was thinking when he mentioned the fish and the bread. He seemed a bit hesitant yet Jesus saw past that and began to do something that no one ever could have imagined. I cannot imagine what it was like to see the loaves and the fishes multiplied.

This passage speaks to me this morning about my need to see past what I see and believe for things that I cannot imagine. I need to think with my inner being instead of my outer one. I must reject fleshly thoughts of earthly solutions. Like Andrew, I need to offer what I have to God and trust him to take care of whatever needs I may have.

I give you my meager loaves and fish today Lord. I give you what I have and trust you to meet all of my needs.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.


  1. I also struggle with trusting in my own meager resources and efforts. I'm slowly learning that the Father knows far better than I do what is needed and is more able to do what is necessary.

    1. Good thoughts Fred. Sometimes faith looks like struggle.


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