MAKING THE MOST OF THINGS.By Rev. Louis Albert Banks, D.D
Luke ix. 10-17.This incident of the loaves and fishes is in har-moD}^ with God's providence everywhere through-out all time. God is not stingy, but neither ishe wasteful. There is abundance, but nothing isthrown away. The rain and the sunshine and thewind are made to work economically, so as to bringabout the best results on all sides. At this feastwhich Christ produced from the five loaves and twofishes, there was such an abundance that no hungryman or woman in the crowd was tempted to stintin eating, and yet Christ was careful to have thefragments gathered up.It seems to me that the great lesson is that thelarger the worker the smaller the resources de-manded. Five loaves and two fishes were entirelyinadequate to feed the multitude if Peter had beenhost, but with Jesus at the head of the table theywere more than sufficient. We often see this illus-trated in common life. A little man requires large11 161162 B l^ear's praBcc*/IRect(nG ^alfts.resources to accomplish anything, A large manwith wide horizon, with immense capacity to work,can do great deeds with almost any weapon. Afirst-class carpenter can take two or three tools,and using each of them for a dozen purposes, canproduce more satisfactory results than an indiffer-ent workman with the whole tool-chest at his com-mand.I think it is a characteristic of great men andwomen that they make a great deal more of thework to be done than of the method of doing it, orthe tools by which it is to be accomplished. SeeGideon, with his three hundred men, each with hispitcher and the little lamp inside of it. The in-genuity of Gideon was worth tens of thousands of soldiers. To bring about the victory there wasrequired either a large army, or three hundredmen, each carrying his pitcher and lamp withGideon to make the combination. The weaponsdid not amount to anything without Gideon, butwith Gideon to combine them and handle themthey were like the five loaves and two fishes in thehands of Jesus.