What does feeding the 5,000 mean to you? Is it the thrill of the miraculous that intrigues you? Do the numbers create thought and wonder at how many really were there? Is it the five loaves and two fishes that never run out? How about the left overs? Everyone likes leftovers.
To me it is the promise and provision. Whether it is a meal or money, God promised and always provides for those who follow Him in worship and simple obedience. It does not take a master grammarian to see that in each step of the process in John 6:1-14 the disciples simply did as they were asked to do. They followed and obeyed simply. Jesus did not have to direct whom to give what to, He gave them a task and expected them to use their judgment. This is simple obedience.
Along with this was worship. It was the time of the passover. This was a mass passover meal in the wilderness, outside, in the heat, on a field of grass. There were upwards of 6-10 thousand or more people there. In verse 11 we see our Lord giving thanks for this provision for the whole group. The Father then multiplies this simple generous gift, another affirmation of His approval for His Son.
To this simple preacher, feeding the 5,000 is a reminder of how perfect God’s provision for my life and family has always been. We could never boast to have much, but what we have is graciously received, it is sufficient and we rejoice and are exceeding glad.
Trust, faith, worship and obedience are the hallmarks of Christ, and His people. Trust His provision, rest in your faith, worship Him at every opportunity and humble yourself to obedience. God loves you.