Matt.14:13,14 – Now when Jesus heard about John, He withdrew from there in a boat to a secluded place by Himself; and when the people heard of this, they followed Him on foot from the cities.
Miracles happen on purpose. The Lord is the miracle worker, our role is cooperation. The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle in the ministry of Jesus that is recorded in all four gospels. That tells us that it is supremely important and full of lessons for us. Let’s take another look and maybe we can even put ourselves in position for a miracle. The first thing that comes to mind is seen in today’s verse, these crowds were desperate, they shut down their normal day to day routine, and followed Jesus out into the wilderness. Miracles require more than openness, often times we have to stop everything and press in to the Lord. The next observation that I have was the importance of getting under the influence of the power of God. Matthew, Luke, and John all describe the miraculous healings that were taking place. There is an atmosphere where healings and miracles become contagious, getting around miracles is a great place to start seeking yours. Another key ingredient is found in Mark’s gospel. Mark said that Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the needs of all the people. The Lord’s response was to begin to teach the Word of God. There is healing power in God’s word, reading it and hearing it preached puts us in a great place for miracles in our own lives. The next ingredient is to do what you can do. Even though our resources are very limited, using them are critical. The little boy’s lunch in this story was the seed for the supernatural provision of God. Placing what we have in the Lord’s hand is often where our miracle begins. The next observation is seen in the the actions of Jesus Himself. He took the boy’s lunch and lifted it up to the Father, and then began to thank the Father for His provision. Wow, this is dependency at its highest. Now its time to act in faith. Before the miracle even began the Lord instructed the disciples to seat the crowd in certain groupings. What were they doing? Why they were sitting at the Lord’s table, waiting for Him to spread His feast. Finally, we have to keep coming back to Jesus. This miracle flowed from the hands of Christ as the disciples kept coming to Him. So get ready, I think you are just about ready for miracles to break out in your life.