March 27, 2020

The Perfect Provision

John 6:1–21

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Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii1 worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Jesus Walks on Water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. 18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles,2 they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” 21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.


[1] 6:7 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
[2] 6:19 Greek twenty-five or thirty stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters

The Perfect Provision

Key Verse | John 6:5-6

Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Phillip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?" He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

Bio | Shannon McQueeney

Hey there! 

It's me, Shannon! I've been hanging out here at Watermark for a little bit now, and I have the amazing privilege to love our kids and families at our mid-week kid's ministry, Training Ground, in Fort Worth. Man, what a gift it is to serve God's kingdom in the discipleship of kids.    

Fun facts about me:

  • I was born with a tooth. Just ask my mom! 
  • I have a deep passion for the sloth community. 
  • I eat tacos at least once a week. 

Central Truth

There is such freedom in fully submitting to Him even our small insecurities and worries, because He is the God of the universe and He provides. The perfect provision that comes only from God is so much better than anything you or I could ever desire. 

Devotional | John 6:1–21

Several years ago, I was preparing to participate in a discipleship trip. Part of the expectation in going was raising support. Two days before our first half was due, I found myself with not even...

Several years ago, I was preparing to participate in a discipleship trip. Part of the expectation in going was raising support. Two days before our first half was due, I found myself with not even a quarter of the funds needed. I shared with my small group the struggles I faced. They prayed with me and encouraged me to further trust the Lord's perfect timing, but I still had no idea how the money was going to come through.

In John 6, the disciples are in a similar situation. Jesus has gained popularity and people have begun to follow Him and His disciples as they travel from town to town. We see Jesus' response in John 6:5-6. Naturally, Philip is concerned that they will never have enough money to feed this magnitude of people. Andrew points out that there's a young boy who has a small basket of food, but that will also never be enough. It's almost as if they have forgotten whom they are talking to! And does the Lord show up in a big way! God's provision is so full that there are enough leftovers to fill up 12 baskets. Twelve baskets! 

However, even after seeing God provide in such a big way, the disciples are still frightened when they later see Jesus walking on water (John 6:19-20). The disciples had seen Jesus do amazing things right in front of their eyes, yet they still worried.

We are not unlike the disciples. We, too, have seen the faithfulness of the Lord in our lives, and yet we still question if He will come through. At the conclusion of my small group meeting, I was approached by a new gal asking for more information on my proposed trip. I shared with her my fundraising website and didn't think about it again. A few days later, I received an email stating that I was 80 percent funded. There is such freedom in fully submitting to Him even our small insecurities and worries, because He is the God of the universe and He provides perfectly.

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Discussion Questions

1. What are areas of your life that you are not fully surrendering?

2. If not from the Lord, where do you seek comfort?

3. What are ways that you have seen the Lord provide?

8 Comments available

Greg Jones 3 days ago

The boy and Jonah are favorite people of mine.

The boy knew something was up and he was willing to miss lunch to be a part of it. The boy knew many were fed, he heard much was left over. He mostly remembers this, Jesus was talking to Phillip, but looking at him, and he knew what to do. He didn’t have feed 5000, he just had to figure out how to get a disciple to listen to him.

Seeing the sign, the people are going to take him by force and make him king. But it’s Passover. Jesus sits alone on a mountain.

Next Jesus is walking on water, there’s a big storm, people in boat are scared, Jesus thrown underboard into boat. Immediately the seas are calmed.

Going away from these people, they find him, on the other shore.

Tiffany Wilkins 3 days ago

What an awesome devotional Shannon! It really ministered to me. Thank you for sharing your personal story of God’s provision. Loved your thought provoking questions too.

Trey Collins 3 days ago

Gmorn Shannon, great devo, thank you for sharing your story of God’s faithfulness! 2 things I had not noticed before in this passage:

They wanted to make Jesus king, so he withdrew to get away. Lesson: Stay in God’s will, in spite of heavy human praise (make king) or heavy human hate (crucified).

It reads as if the boat teleported to land once Jesus got into it. I have not checked other versions, but thought that was a fun bit to mention.

Praying for us this morning to stay inside of God’s will with our lives!

michael mcgowen 3 days ago

2 Timothy 3:1-4 explains a tough time and a kind of people that don’t match up they have a form of godliness but deny its power, when I looked closer it was convicting me I’m always drawn to money and pleasures saying god can do anything he will part the sea but never really believing it when the rubber meets the road, Jesus your a super star and I need to start following after you obey your commands, for example, love one another and stay away from the bad stuff which is your commands, in the times we live obeying your commands is like walking on water it’s like a miracle to some people, I’m gonna google the commands of Christ today, whoop whoop it’s Friday

Michael Scaman 3 days ago

John the Baptist just died and Jesus was taking to eventually spend some quiet time with the disciples,

The description synopsis is not as I expected but really abbreviated. Jesus sits down with his disciples on a mountain, probably highly visible and now well known. Lifting up his eyes interested crowd who see him are coming towards him.

John doesn’t focus on the teaching the crowds part (which Jesus did until late_, only the feeding them part, but could be a dinner discussion.

John doesn’t saw where the food was multiplied but my guess is that is was in the apostles hands as they distributed it.

Now they are ready ‘to make him king by force’. That’s not a king, not really. That’s a refrigerator who also doubled as emergency medical care , the appetite of the crowd was for the wrong thing.

Sue Bohlin 5 days ago

Thank you, Shannon!

In this passage I see 3 aspects of discipleship.

Sometimes the Lord tests us, just as He tested Philip, so what we have learned (or haven’t) will become apparent. Being tested doesn’t mean being punished—it means we are a disciple!

When the Lord is at work, He blesses His disciples with personal “souvenirs.” The Twelve Boys each got a basket of leftovers as their own physical evidence of Jesus’ deity and loving provision for people. Ministering to and discipling others means we receive blessings ourselves.

After Jesus walks on water and His boys helped Him into the boat, BAM! they were instantly transported to their destination. You just never know when the Lord is going to do something unexpected, so keep your eyes peeled so you don’t miss it.

Hope Harris 5 days ago


I hope this finds you well sheltering in place as purpose to flatten the curve of Covid 19.

Today’s reading continues to strengthen the idea of Jesus being the one true source that meets all our needs. John Piper says “He didn’t come not to give the bread, but to be the bread of life.”

we read in chapter five that Jesus is the living water. Later in chapter he will unpack the concepts of being the “Living Water” and Bread of Life"

These two concepts have become benchmarks in my own faith journey continue to challenge me to Jesus the only one who can meet my deepest heart needs and realign my desires.

Jesus be my one true desire today.

Hugh Stephenson 5 days ago

How many miracles do I need to see before I trust His provision for me?

He knows of sparrows falling and numbers the hairs on my head, (Matthew 10:29-31).

He dresses the lilies of the field, (Matthews 6:28). Why wouldn’t He provide clothing for me?

In Psalm 139 He speaks through David and tells me over and over how completely and thoroughly He knows me.

Why did that boy bring 5 loves and two fish? I am guessing that’s way more than one person could eat.

A friend reminds me that all Jesus asks me to do is have the bread and fish so He can do His work for others; with some of it through me.

In Psalm 127:2 He tells me that I eat the bread of “anxious toil” and that He grants me sleep as I am beloved.

Yet, I doubt.

This virus has exposed me.

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