Focus on God’s Goodness-Provision of Food

June 24th, 2024

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Focus on God’s Goodness is found in Matthew 14:19.

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.”

There is a pattern that Jesus displayed with food. Whenever he would take it, he would give thanks, and then distribute the food through His followers.

Psalm 104:14 says that God makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth.

Food is provided for our enjoyment and to help us to live. It is also an opportunity for building meaningful relationships. Jesus shows us by example how to receive it with thanksgiving to God and to be generous in sharing it with others. The practice of hospitality is one form of ministry that provides nourishment and builds relationships. It starts with a simple invitation for someone to join us for a meal.

The provision of food reveals the goodness of God and is a reason to give thanks in the Year of Gratitude.

John Shirk


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