The miracle of the five loaves and the two fishes which fed more than 5000 men as well as their wives and children have been shared countless times through Bible studies, bed time bible readings, and many a flannel walls in Sunday school classes. The story goes that Jesus and his students were being followed by over 5000 person crowd and the crowd gets hungry. Looking around, they see a boy with some bread and fish. Jesus thanks God for the bread and the fish and then a miracle takes place where from that small amount. Everyone enjoys a fish sandwich.
The key to the miracle gets lost in one small key. It can be easily overlooked. Let me see if you can see it here. It is easy to spot:
He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 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. Matthew 14:19-21
Did you see it? I understand if you didn’t see it. It is so small. So quick. You can easily read over and keep going but if you miss it, you miss the key to the miracle. Read this portion one more time:
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Matthew 14:19
Got it. No? OK. One more time:
. . .he gave thanks. . . Matthew 14:19
From five rolls and two fishes, he feed over 5000 people and still had 12 baskets left over. The miracle was set in motion with an attitude of gratitude. Look what happened when a simple ‘thanks’ is given to what you have. God will take what you have and make it multiply. Give thanks for what you have. Live a life of constant gratitude to God for what you possess. It is God who gets those things to you, blesses you, and expects us all to be good managers regarding them.
What are you thankful for today? What have you thanked God in the past and seen multiply in your life?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:6-7
Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. – G.B. Stern