Adapted from The ESV Gospel Transformation Bible, (C) 2013
Read: Mark 6:6-44
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The feeding of the 5,000 (see also Mark 8:1-10) is a reminder of when God miraculously fed Israel in the desert centuries earlier (Ex 16:31; Deut. 8:16). The same God who provided for Israel is now providing for the needs of this hungry crowd through his Son.
God always provides what is best for his eternal purposes, and often his provisions do not come in the ways we would expect. Perhaps he is providing for you by giving you the opportunity to study, to work hard, or to live a very modest life that requires daily dependence. Nothing is without divine purpose, and everything will make sense someday. We can trust Christ for our daily needs because we have already seen God provide for our deepest needs in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When believers are trusting in God’s control and care for our lives, it radically impacts our attitudes toward work, career, challenges, opposition, scarcity, sacrifice, the future, and even life itself.