PARTY PLANNER


There are many illustrations of God acting as a party planner. He organizes and creates to show His hospitality and kindness. He loves to feed a crowd and is compassionate in responding to our needs.

This is evident in the preparations of Creation we read about in Genesis. Each system is put in place to care for the special guests.

He is the Master of the Feast who sends out servants to draw unlikely guests to His table.

On this day his disciples found themselves with a crowd of thousands in the great outdoors far from town. Seeing the hungry crowd, God’s instincts tell Him to provide the required hospitality. He throws the idea to the boys and is not surprised at their buy-eyed response.

But, as soon as Andrew notices the opportunity with the little lunch of loaves and fish, Jesus begins to pull the party together.


John 6:
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Into an otherwise chaotic situation, Jesus brings order. He loves to bring organization to the meeting of a need. He doesn’t do it alone but uses the disciples to put hands on the miracle.

Jesus likes it when we work as a team with Him to accomplish His work. Afterwards, the disciples not only experienced a miracle—they left with a basket each of leftovers. They were not able to bring the food, but they received a generous portion for their willingness to put their hands to the work.

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