Mon 19 Mar 2012
Jesus feeds the four thousand. Did you know he broke bread and fish twice in the bible? Once for the five thousand and then once for the four thousand. Not my first thought, but I was thinking, hmmm; how many times did he do this and it wasn’t mentioned in the bible. Anyhow, onward to the scripture for today…
Mark Chapter 8:1-3
During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ” I have compassion for these people, they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.”
Compassion, Compassion, Compassion! Plus, the Lord our God will see to our needs, all of them. He is concerned for our daily needs, there is nothing to large for him to handle and no need to small to escape his interest. For me this was a double lesson. Its to always remember that God can and will handle all things in my life, but to also be used by him. God didn’t bring down bread from the sky to feed the four thousand (not to say he couldn’t), he used what was around him. I want to let God use me to show compassion to his followers and to the lost. To let his love flow through me.
I am sure you have heard the saying that goes something like, “if its too easy its not worth doing”. There is so much truth in that. For me, it hit home when I realized that if I don’t want to do this (whatever this may be), then that is when I need to do it the most. When God presents the opportunity to show compassion to others, I do not always want to jump in head first, nor do I always trust God completely to take care of every need. I have realized that I must do these things to continue to grow in Christ, I do not want to grow stagnant in my relationship with Jesus Christ. Reading his word and praying to him is not enough, I must also do.
Lord, please help me to lay my fears, pride, and laziness at your feet. To joyfully go forth and be your hands and feet to the lost in this world. To show them your compassion and love. Help me to remember that the largest to the smallest need is yours, that I can bring them to you. Thank you for answering my prayers, even the tiny one this morning Lord. I love you.