Day 281 –
Give thanks in the small things and receive more than ever expected.
John 6:9-11 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then 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.”
Have you ever noticed that when Jesus gave thanks for the little bit of bread huge things happened?
He fed the 4000 once, 5000 another time, and then offered up His own body as the Bread of Life for ALL our sins.
Our Savior made it extremely important to give thanks even when we don’t think we have enough, when we have less than others, and when things don’t seem to be going right.
Thanking Him says we are trusting Him with whatever He gives us, the big and the small, the hard and the seemingly fantastic. For ALL things come from Him to be used by Him to Glorify His Father in Heaven. But our thanks can’t be out of selfish ambitions or deceit, instead it must be honest thanks from the bottom of our heart seeking not the bread of wealth but the bread of life.
John 6:26-29 “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
When we gives thanks, hoping that Jesus will make our “bread” expand, giving us greatness, wealth, or whatever else we want, we are using Him like a genie in a bottle. We are rubbing the lamp hoping Robin Williams pop out and give us our 3 greatest wishes.
Yet when we thank Him with an open and honest heart for all things, trusting that His Will be done, we are seeking the bread of life and the desires of His heart instead of our own. And what’s so wonderful about coming to Jesus in this humble fashion is that He promises when we seek Him fully we will never thirst, hunger, or be in want ever again.
Honest Thanks for ALL things – the small and the GREAT -fills our Hearts Desires with Overflowing gifts from Heaven Above.