Less is More With Jesus


By Carolyn Dale Newell

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

John 6:7-9 NKJV

Unless you were born wealthy, you have experienced financial troubles. The expensive repair which is a necessity. The medical bills from a serious illness. Day-to-day living when you are unable to work.

Philip and Andrew were using earthly wisdom to solve the problem of feeding the multitudes. Philip looked at the bank account. He did the math. Two hundred denarii would not buy enough food. Andrew chimed in with the report of a young lad with five loaves and two fish. That would not help either.

They did not rush off to make an unaffordable purchase on their credit card. That is usually our first response, putting us in debt. However, they forgot to figure in Jesus. He gave thanks for the small meal, and it fed over five thousand people.

There was a need, a necessity, and Jesus met it. Friend, He meets our needs too. We must remember to include Jesus in our accounting.

We do not presume on God by digging ourselves into debt, expecting Him to rescue us. We must be good stewards with our money, because it is God’s money. You can spend it frivolously or wisely. You can tithe and give, or you can be greedy. You can live above your means or live within them.

When we make sound financial decisions, we are blessed. When we sow, we will reap. He gives us exactly what we need, and sometimes He blesses us by supplying a few of our wants.

Friend, if your accounts are looking anemic today, remember that less is more with Jesus.

Lord Jesus, We have needs. We have bills. We have repairs. Grant us the wisdom to spend and budget wisely. When we do our accounting, help us always remember to count on You. Thank You. Amen.


Read John 6:6-14.


Jehovah Jireh is one of the names for God. It means “The Lord Will Provide”. Trust that our Lord will provide your needs. Memorize Philippians 4:19.

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.


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