Matthew, Chapter 15

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Droves of People Come to Hear Jesus Preach and He Feeds Them All 

30 And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: 31Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel. 32Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. 33 And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude? 34And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. 35And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 37And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 38And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children. 39And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.(Matthew 15:30-39)

During his stay on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, droves of people come to Jesus and ask him to save them. The people are amazed by Jesus and immediately begin praising and thanking him and God for all they have done for them. After three days, there is no food left. As he had done on a previous occasion, Jesus feeds the multitudes with only a few loaves of bread and fish, this time feeding seven thousand people. The amount of people following him continues to grow. When we acknowledge our blessings, they multiply. Even if we at times experience shortage, our fate is sure to turn around. For a righteous person, the truly important “food” is spiritual.

Gratitude and appreciation for everything, even when especially difficult or challenging, is the only way to reveal blessings.