“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’ ” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD. 2 Kings 4:43-44
The reason this story looks so familiar to us is because it’s mentioned in the New Testament as “feeding of the 5000” and “feeding of the 4000.” Same setting; different men involved. Elisha could clearly see that the 20 barley loaves could feed 100 men; nobody else could. The men distributing the bread knew how much they started with. As pieces were pulled off, the bread was replenished. The crowd may not have known what was happening, but the servers did. And there was a famine in the land.
How God provides for us is not always clear at the time. Sometimes it’s not even clear after it’s said and done. But the fact remains: God provides. Thank Him today for His provisions. Thank Him for life itself.