Mark – God is On Our Side!
There are two types of “servers” I have experienced in my life. Those who give all they have and more and those who give only in portions according to what they think they can give.
Most of us have that grandma who taught us to provide more than enough food for the family at their table of goodness. I was blessed with two grandmas who thought this way and who passed down this way of thinking to succeeding generations. We always had leftovers of fried chicken and all the “fixings” that was enjoyed the next day if you stayed overnight on the farm. One pie was never enough–make three. One desert wasn’t enough, provide a buffet of choices. One salad will never do, provide different kinds. You get the picture. This is still practiced at our family gatherings!
Growing up like this I was amazed as a young parent when one relative of Randy’s hosted a meal for our family of five with a different train of thought altogether. She would fix small, cereal size bowls of one vegetable, one piece of meat for all of us, and maybe one dessert for all to share. Mm, I thought as we ate, this is different. Maybe she doesn’t like leftovers. She had plenty to share and was not poor. When the meal was consumed and all the plates and bowls were emptied, she would reply, “Ah, just right. I fixed just enough for all.”
Aren’t you glad God doesn’t think or work like that? He meets our needs and more! He doesn’t say, “ah, just enough”. He always provides more than enough for our salvation, our care, our protection along with mounds of unconditional love, mercy and grace! He provides more than enough for us to share with others! His blessings are more than we can imagine or dream. He is God and we are not. God is on our side!
Watch God work as Jesus provides more than enough food for another crowd who has spent three days with Him, listening to Him speak into their hearts, minds and souls.
Mark 8, NLT
Jesus Feeds Four Thousand
About this time another large 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 If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?”
5 Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?”
“Seven loaves,” 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, and broke them into pieces. He 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 distribute them.
8 They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. 9 There were about 4,000 men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten. 10 Immediately after this, he got into a boat with his disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.
Don’t you love how God works?! Follow the question and direction of Jesus to his disciples and to the crowd.
1. What do you have? Seven loaves of bread.
2. Jesus thanks God for the bread.
3. Jesus’ “servers” pass out what has been given.
4. In the process, a few fish are found and given, maybe as a result of seeing the miracle of bread multiplying?
5. Fish are blessed and served.
6. All ate as much as they wanted.
7. SEVEN large basket of leftovers were picked up!
God always provides more than enough for all who believe. Watch God work today. Pray expectantly and watch Him work in our lives. God is in the details as well as the demanding challenges of life.
Be a servant of God who gives more than enough, more than is required by world standards, by the power and direction of Jesus living in us.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:14-21, NLT)
All Your promises are YES and AMEN!
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe!