When I think about my grandmother, I’m reminded of God’s ability to turn nothing into something. I affectionately called her Nanny, and her table never seemed to be empty. She loved to cook and invited anyone and everyone to sit down at her country kitchen table and break bread — well, hand-formed buttermilk biscuits — together.
It was a love feast every day. She baked biscuits three times a day in her prime, and I don’t ever remember seeing an empty biscuit bowl on the table. There was always enough.
In the New Testament, we know that Paul, like my nanny, had few earthly treasures.
He didn’t seek the gifts of the people. He was seeking the profit by which God blessed the givers of the gifts. He knew a little something about how God’s calculator works. I can imagine the joy in Paul’s heart when he thought about how God might supply the needs of the Philippians. It was the same joy in my nanny’s heart and on her face when you ate her biscuits and drank her sweet tea. Fragrant aromas and acceptable sacrifices, all well-pleasing to God!
In God’s economy, 2 x 2 is almost never 4. His multiplication facts blow our traditional times tables out the back door. Paul knew that his God would supply all of needs of the Philippians. Amply supply. I suspect overflowing, not just to the rim.
God’s calculator has supernatural capacity, especially the times button:
- God commanded the ravens to feed Elijah. (I Kings 17:4)
- Jesus blessed 5 loaves of bread and two fish and fed 5,000 men AND women and children. (Matthew 14:17-21)
- The sons of Israel ate miraculous multiplying manna for 40 years. (Exodus 16)
- Jesus turned the water into wine. (John 2)
- The widow’s bowl of flour and jar of oil were not used up. (I Kings 17)
- The widow’s oil just kept on flowing. (II Kings 4)
In all these multiplying miracles, God met needs and changed lives.
He wasn’t showing off. He was supplying needs according to His riches in glory. God pours His bounty in the deepest crevasse of our needs. Some of my best memories are sitting on my grandmother’s worn, wooden creaky bench eating a meal she cooked. The bowls and platters never seemed to empty. Maybe she knew a little something about how God’s calculator works, too. She never asked for anything in return. Full tummies and happy faces were her reward.
Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and then let His Father multiply.
He took what He had and surrendered it to God. What do you have that you need to surrender to God? What needs multiplying in your life? The little lad in John 6:9 gave up his lunch of bread and fish. Jesus used the boy’s meager offering to feed thousands.
Little is indeed much when God is in it!
Nothing is lost in God’s economy. Keep doing the good work. Keep showing up. Keep making biscuits. Keep feeding those who show up to your table. God knows exactly what we need. And He will supply all of our need according to His riches in glory.
God multiplies. He grows. He fills. He meets our need and then some. Abundantly and exceedingly more than what we need. And most often, it will be in a supernatural way.
Give Him what you’ve got and watch Him multiply!
Today: Read Philippians 4:15-20