42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
43 “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.
But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” 44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.
The situation was that there was a famine in the region. Elisha told his servant these twenty loaves of bread would be enough for those who needed it, because the Lord said so. Elisha wanted only to be obedient to God and serve those in need. If God said they would have enough to eat and have some left over, it would be true.
I can’t help but be reminded of Jesus, who also fed the multitudes, though in far greater numbers. Jesus fed the crowd to show that he was God’s only Son and has mastery over creation. God can provide for us abundantly, for our physical need and our spiritual need. We will receive more than what we need.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all time, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” And then continuing on in verse 10: “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”
Elisha could provide bread, as did Jesus when he fed the multitudes. That is a sign that God will care for our needs of food and drink and shelter and our physical necessities. But even more, by faith we will receive a greater store of blessings to help us mature spiritually, so that in all times and places we may give glory to God. Another promise – from Philippians 4:19 – “And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Be fed to give praise to God.
Forgive us, Lord, when we fuss about not having enough physical resources, when in reality we have more than we need. Instead, let us long to receive a greater measure of the spiritual resources you are waiting to give, so that we may be enlarged in righteousness. We pray in all circumstances to give you the praise in Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.