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The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000! It’s impressive. From nothing, Jesus fed the multitudes. Again, we see Jesus do that which otherwise seems impossible. Like the other miracles, this miracle confirms who Jesus is, confirms what others are saying about Him, and what He has said about Himself. As you might have heard, this is the one miracle that appears in all four Gospels. It seems that this fact gives some evidence to the importance of this miracle.

If the other miracles say “nothing is too big for God” (and this miracle stands in agreement with that) this miracle reveals that “nothing is too small for God.” And that’s what we need to hear sometimes.

You know the thing I like about this miracle. It’s just lunch. It’s not the royal official’s son who is about to die. They are not going to die if they don’t eat. It’s not the man by the pool for 38 years. The crowd gathered with Jesus and His disciples have only been there a day. They are not going to starve to death if they do not have something to eat. Uncomfortable? Yes!  Sick? Possibly! At the point of death? No! But, this miracle shows us that you don’t have to be dying or chronically ill for God to care.

Does it make a difference for you to know that if it is important to you, it is important to Him?

You are not dying, but you do need your house to sale. You are not dying, but you need $1,000 to fix your car so you can drive to your job. You are not dying, but you need a job. You are not dying, but you sure long for God to provide you a soul mate—someone to marry that will love you  and that you will spend the rest of your life with. You are not dying, but you sure need to understand Algebra. The list goes on and on. And in this miracle, I hear God say, “If it is important to you, and it does not involve sin, guess what, it’s important to Me.”

Some of you might well be saying, “Well, his need is greater—her need is greater. When I compare my prayer need with another’s prayer need, I’m ashamed.” Don’t get into comparison of needs. Your need is great because it is yours.  And because it is your need, your Heavenly Father cares.

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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