January 4, 2020

Matthew 14:15-17 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, this is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, they need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, we have here but five loaves, and two fishes. ~ They were in a desert place where food, provision, and supplies were short. Jesus spoke to the disciples to give to the multitude to eat. When Jesus spoke this, he was aware of where they were, he was aware of what they had, but he was also aware of who God was. When Jesus told the disciples to feed them, all they could see was their circumstance, the great need, and their lack of ability to meet the need. They saw everything from a natural, rational perspective. But Jesus saw through eyes of faith.

In Romans it says scripture is written for our learning, that through patience and comfort of the scripture, we might have hope. There was historical evidence that God fed millions of people in the wilderness for 40 years by raining manna down from heaven. There was scriptural evidence that God brought water out of a rock to give people to drink. These things were written so that we could take comfort in God’s ability to provide for us no matter where we are or how big the need we are facing. Those scriptures reveal to us God is a provider for his people. Jesus knew that if God did it once, he would do it again, if God did it for one person, he will do it for another. He is not a respecter of persons. We can expect the same outcome. We just have to begin to see the same way Jesus saw. We need to be like-minded. Instead of looking at the situation, we need to look to God to cover our shortcomings and to increase what we have. We can expect supernatural interventions on our behalf… according to our faith. Let’s be people of faith who don’t focus on what we can do but a people who focus on what HE can do!

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