He Gave Thanks!

One of my favorite little stories in the Bible can be found in Matthew 15.  Starting with verse 29, it describes how there was a big crowd who for three days had brought “the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others” to Jesus to be healed.

He had caused such a stir that for three days no one had left.  There was nothing to eat there on the side of the mountain.  Jesus didn’t want to send them away hungry because he was worried that they might collapse on the way.

He called the disciples together and asked them how many loaves they had.

“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”

Verses 35-38 say,

“He told the crowd to sit down on the ground.  Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied.  Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfulls of broken pieces that were left over.  The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.” (NIV)


This is the part that always captures my attention. 

They had seven loaves of bread and a few fish.  Most people would look at that and feel totally at a loss as to what to do next.  They were focused on what they didn’t have.

But Jesus looked up to heaven, gave thanks—and that made all the difference.

He didn’t see the situation through the eyes of scarcity.  He thanked God for what He had.  And then God blessed the situation.


Where do you need to “give thanks” today for what you have.

Sure you probably have problems in your life—maybe at work, maybe in your marriage, maybe with your finances, maybe with your health.

But look at all you do have . . .


Then watch what happens!!!


Why not pass this along to someone you know who may need a little lift today.

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