Understanding God’s limitless supply

The Bible story I often found hardest to understand was the one about Christ Jesus feeding the multitudes with five loaves and two fishes (see Matthew 14:14–21). I knew the message was that God was unlimited, so He was able to feed every person who had come to hear Jesus preach. But I found myself left with questions: “Where did the fish come from? How did the bread increase in quantity? How did it really happen, because I’m not sure that could be done today.” I just couldn’t understand how matter was increased by a spiritual understanding of unlimited provision. 

In pondering these questions, I tried to reason that because God isn’t limited, He can provide anything, and in fact provides everything each day, like the manna from heaven that God provided to the Israelites as they traveled through the desert (see Exodus 16). But I reasoned from a material basis—that Jesus had started with nothing and somehow multiplied it into something with God’s help.

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