Ever seen a real and immediate need and know what should be done practically? The Disciples saw it clearly. There were 5000 men plus women and children and it was the end of the day (Matt. 14:13-21). This crowd had come to a secluded place to hear Jesus teach. But now, they had to go home but there was no food for the energy required to make the trip.
The Twelve came to Jesus asking that He send the crowd away so they could get something to eat. Jesus said to the Twelve, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat.”
Having already inventoried the available food for the crowd, the practical-minded Disciples said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”
Jesus said, “Bring them here to Me.” He blessed the food and had the Twelve distribute the food. Everyone ate and was satisfied.
The Twelve picked up the leftovers and had twelve full baskets – one for each of the Disciples.
When faced with a need, sometimes the Lord does not do the practical but rather the supernatural to meet a shortage of resources.
This morning I spent some time reflecting on some of the work of Jesus on our behalf in Isaiah 53.
“But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)
Take a few minutes to read and re-read this passage, then ponder these thoughts and questions:
What Jesus did in His sacrifice on our behalf, was for our well-being and healing. What thanks and worship can you give Him for His work?
Reflect on some of the ways you have gone astray and turned to your own way. These indicators of our “iniquity” have fallen on Him. How can you honor Him for this sacrifice?
May each of us walk in a manner worthy of Him and the sacrifice He made on our behalf.
This morning I spent some time pondering some verses in Romans. I was struck by how much what we all long for is provided to us through Jesus. Jesus is the solution and often, walking with Him, takes us through some difficult times. But the end is secure in Him. What we long for is found in Jesus.
Take a moment to read this passage.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rm. 5:1-5)
Here are a few questions for reflection:
What are your longings?
What does this passage bring to your mind?
What hope does this passage give you?
Take a moment to thank Him for all He has done and is doing for you.
I read in Genesis 12 this morning. I was struck by the exceedingly lavish promises the Lord unilaterally gave to Abraham. These were just the first of many promises the Lord gave Abraham.
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:2-3)
There are many promises in the Scriptures. Jesus would come to deliver His people and He will come again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and just a few.
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Cor. 1:20)
As we anticipate the coming year, what promises of God come to your mind? How does He want you to order your life based on the promises He brought to your mind?