Luke 9 v 16-17 “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.”
The Jew spends every day focused on thankfulness. In fact because of a legend regarding a plague that took the lives of 100 people in one day during King David’s reign where the rabbi’s came to understand the spiritual reasoning for the plague and thus instituted the need to say 100 blessings of thankfulness to God.
Seeing Jesus take the bread and fish and give thanks was the normal practice. This was not some miracle routine that we need to copy though being more thankful may indeed lead to more miracles for our lives.
It is in our very nature to grumble. We complain about everything.
In some strange country a man goes to his priest to complain, “Life is unbearable. Life is unfair. There are 9 of us all living in one room. What can we do?”
The priest answers, “Take your pig out of the pen and put it in your room.”
The man goes crazy but the priest insisted.
“Do as I say and come back in a week.”
A week later and the man comes back dirty, dishevelled and distraught.
“We cannot stand it. The pig is filthy, noisy and big.”
The priest said, “Go home. Take the pig out of your room, back into the pen and come back in a week.”
A week later and the man returns to the priest.
“Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute now that there’s no pig only the 9 of us.”
Jesus took the bread and fish and looking up to heaven gave thanks.
When the head of the Church looks to heaven with gratitude for what was in His hand you knew something was going to happen.
Jesus established a ladder and he did it through thankful prayer.
A ladder between heaven and earth so that a miracle could occur.
We still need ladders today.
“He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” Genesis 28:12
It may not look much in your hand compared to the need before you but offer it in thankfulness to God and you will be amazed what can happen!
Musicians and priests were blowing trumpets and the singers joined in unison as with one voice to give praise and thanks to God singing, “He is good, his love endures forever.” By the end of that worship service fire came down from heaven and the glory of the Lord filled the temple, the priests could not enter and the Israelites fell to the floor in worship.
It was midnight and 2 followers of Jesus, Paul and Silas, were in a dark horrible prison cell waiting their fate and they began to sing hymns of thankfulness to God.
When we lift up thankfulness for whatever is before us then something from God will happen.
Suddenly there is a violent earthquake and the prison doors fly open!
What is in your hand? Lift it up in thanks to God. Something is about to happen.