Matthew 15:29-30 And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the Sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: ~ As I read this, I thought about how difficult a trip up into a mountain could be for someone who was healthy and had no handicaps let alone how difficult it would be for a blind man or for one that was lame. And it struck me, these people were desperate enough to find Jesus, to be in his presence and receive a touch from him that they determined to not let their handicap keep them at the bottom of the mountain. They desired him more than their sickness or disease. They wanted a touch from him more than they wanted to stay the same.
How many times have we made excuses on why we couldn’t or wouldn’t press into the high place that God has called us to? How many times have we said the requirements were too great or the journey too difficult? If truth be told, sometimes we just love where we are more than we love him.
In the verses that followed this account, it tells where Jesus fed the multitude in a wilderness place with just 7 loaves and 2 fishes. This miracle reveals unto us that no matter where we find ourselves, no matter how little it may seem that we have, if we give it to the Lord and allow him to touch it, it is more than what is required to meet the demands. God NEVER requires more than we have the ability to give. So even if your strength is little, through faith, God can increase it and make it more than enough. If your provision seems too small to meet the need, through faith, God can multiply it. It is time for us to see that we CAN do all things through Christ. It is time for us to put away the excuses or whatever keeps us separated from Him. Through grace and faith, we can come into encounters with him that will change our lives forever.