In the book of Mark chapter eight, we join Jesus in His compassionate, redemptive work in this world. I've been thinking about the seven questions Jesus asked His disciples when He fed the four thousand, and how my answer to these questions would affect and control my attitude. It is a story about how Jesus always has an amazing compassion for His people, and has the ability to look beyond Himself to a greater need. Jesus is never so busy with His own important matters that He overlooks our daily needs. There is no problem or need that is too large for Him to handle, and no concern of ours that is too small to get His attention. He can make the impossible happen!
- How many loaves do you have? What we often do not realize is that we have more than enough if only we would cast away our doubts and negative thoughts, and put our hearts in the Lord’s hand. We should take what we’ve been given and be glad! Jesus will bless all of our gifts and talents if we entrust them to Him, and He will use what little we have to feed those who are hungry around us.
- Why are you complaining about no bread? Jesus takes what we have and multiplies it! We should not dwell on what we don’t have, but instead be positive and thankful at all times. He takes what we have and uses it to accomplish what He wants!
- Do you still not understand? Jesus came to give us abundant life, which will feed us and the whole world. God loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son so that we could have life! Praise God for this ultimate demonstration of love and grace!
- Are your hearts hardened? Many people blame God for any hardship that befalls them, and they feel rejected. Their hearts become hard and they turn away from God. Are we too full of pride to listen and take heed to God’s Word and understand His grace? We need to be tenderhearted and keep God close by our side in the good times and the bad times
- Do you have eyes but fail to see? God is everywhere! Even though we cannot feel or touch Him, His spirit is right beside us all the time. Knowing that God is everywhere we can be secure in His faithfulness, power, and love because He’s never somewhere else when we need Him by our side.
- Do you have ears but fail to hear? Don’t ignore God’s voice; take time to listen! So many times we think we have all the answers, but we must always remember to look to the Lord for the answer. The Word says; "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Prov. 3:5)
- And don’t you remember? It’s easy to forget the miracles and blessings God has bestowed on us when things aren’t going our way. But God is so much bigger than anything we can possibly go through; we should never forget to remember God! Remembering Him means that He is a part of our thoughts, words, and deeds, and that we are choosing to think, speak, and act as He would have us do.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
God can make the impossible possible. There are limitless possibilities for us if we are willing to put our faith and trust in Him. We shouldn’t focus on scarcity in our lives, but abundance! We should concentrate on what we can do instead of what we cannot do. Even when it seems like a situation is impossible, He is very much in control and will move whatever He has to move, however He has to do it, to finish the work He has for us in our lives.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
Linking up with Joan to “Share His Beauty”