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Out Of Food Again

Out Of Food Again

31 October 2009

Scripture:

1 About this time another great crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them, 2 “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. 3 And if I send them home without feeding them, they will faint along the road. For some of them have come a long distance.” 4 “How are we supposed to find enough food for them here in the wilderness?” his disciples asked. (Mark 8:1-4 NLT)

You can probably see where I’m going with this already! Two chapters back – maybe a couple of weeks, maybe a month or two earlier – these same disciples had participated in the miraculous feeding of five thousand hungry men, as well as women and children, with pieces of bread and fish that multiplied in their hands as they distributed it to the crowd. Now, once again faced with a hungry crowd and limited resources, their response is “How are we supposed to find enough food for them here in the wilderness?”

Here is what my Father is patiently trying (again) to teach me this morning as I read this story and think about its application to my life:

• I shouldn’t have to start all over from square one when I’m faced with a challenge. I should remember previous experiences of God’s power and provision and let those experiences be the basis for a faith response today.

18 ‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? 19 What about the five thousand men I fed with five loaves of bread? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?” “Twelve,” they said. (Mark 8:18-19 NLT)

• When I’m faced with a challenging need I don’t have to have “enough stuff to meet the need.” I only have to have something, even a little something, that I’m willing to put in Jesus’ hands to get the miracle started.

5 “How many loaves of bread do you have?” he asked. “Seven,” they replied. 6 So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. 7 A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to pass them out. (Mark 8:5-7 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for being as patient with me as Jesus was with his first twelve disciples. I’m as slow a learner as they were, but I’m determined to learn the lessons of life if you will keep teaching and not give up on me. I pray for each fellow-follower who reads this today – may you grant insight for today’s lesson to be learned, faith for today’s challenge to be faced, and grace for today’s journey to be traveled. Amen.

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