161st DAY OF THE WORD FOR MEDITATION
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THE MIRACLE OF SEVEN LOAVES OF BREAD AND FEW FISHES 🐟 🐟 🐟 🐟
TEXT:
Matthew 15:32-39, "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.
And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.
And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala."

MESSAGE:
In this passage Jesus is in the desert with his disciples along with four thousand men, and more women and children. These people are followers of Jesus. These people have been with Jesus for a few days and before Jesus leaves them he wants to give them a meal.
Jesus felt sorry for them and He took action. He did not stop at the emotion of just feeling bad. He did something.
We should take that example: the dangerous thing about aligning and abiding in relationship with God means He will open your heart and our eyes to see the pain of those around us and it is our love for Him that compels us to meet THEIR needs.
It is incredibly fitting that these two characteristics of Jesus are common characteristics that we see in mothers.
Our love for God compels to love those around us.
We continually see that in the way that Jesus loves those around Him.
And…Jesus invites the disciples to participate with Him.
Jesus is so gracious to invite us to participate in miracles. I don’t think the little food that they had was what matters. It was the little obedience and sacrifice to share.
We often use the excuse of not having or being enough as reasons why we can’t obey the call or sacrifice as if our offerings of time/gifts/resources/abilities/talents/skills is not great enough.
Our ordinary is extraordinary in the hands of Jesus.
Our little becomes great in the hands of Jesus.
What potential miracles do we miss out on because we don’t accept the gracious invitation to bring our little to the Lord?
Can we just take a moment to acknowledge what these verses reveal about the disciples? And possibly us?
What makes this story even more incredible is the fact that the disciples were just with Jesus when He fed the 5000. Their expressed disbelief in verse 33 shows their heart.
We can easily judge the disciples for not “getting” it. But if we slow down and look at our own faith then I think we would spot our disbelief.
Miracles and signs of God’s goodness marks our life and continues to show up daily but our own expectations of natural and supernatural blind us from accepting God's invitation.
Lord, forgive us for all the times that we allowed our unbelief to prevent us from how You do miracles. Help us to remember all the miracles You have done.
Jesus sent the people home and went to the other side of the lake to continue his ministry. Let us pray!

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Chaplain Emenike Chikadibia

Chaplain Emenike Chikadibia

I'm an Evangelist and a proprietor. My main occupation is Clergy. God has called me to pray and preach the gospel.