In a current US economy where we are bearing the pressures of inflation and increased interest rates, it is understandable why we would adopt a mindset of scarcity. When I think about my goals, limited beliefs can creep in and cause me to wonder if there is enough time, energy, or money for the acquisition of such a destination.
In these moments, my mind becomes inhabited by the limitations of this world, and my viewpoints godless.
There is a story in the book of Mark where Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and a couple of fish to feed five thousand men and their families. The disciples had first suggested to Jesus that they send everyone to nearby villages where they could purchase food for themselves. Let’s imagine that for a second, suggesting this to the man with a reputation for performing miracles. On the other hand, I wonder if this is any different than how my thoughts appear to the Lord when I start figuring barriers to my own aspirations.
There was something that Jesus did before breaking the loaves to disburse them.
He looked up toward heaven. When I only see to my right and left, I see constraints. I see not enough to go around.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”
Here is my favorite part about the story of Jesus feeding thousands with what we believe is a scarce supply: the bible says there were twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. Leftovers! How?? When I find myself pondering the limitations of this world, I am indeed a sheep without a shepherd. In that moment, I need to seek the Lord and His teachings, just as those five thousand were there to do.