Saturday, February 12, 2011

God Provides

The beginning of chapter 8 in Mark's Gospel tells the story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. This is one of the best known of the stories that are contained in multiple gospels, and is a wonderful lesson in trust. all of those people who were gathered had persevered in listening to Jesus - for three days! Surely they wondered about food. They could not possibly have brought enough to last for a long time. But so captiviated were they by the words of the Lord that they didn't worry about food - they trusted that it would all somehow be taken care of. And it was.
In His own way, Jesus showed them that God always is aware of our needs. And He gives us the means to take care of the needs of one another. Notice that Jesus did not just wave His hand and have bread and fish appear in front of everyone. He used what was already there - the loaves, fish and disciples - to take care of the needs of the many people who were assembled there.
This is how God often works even today. Using what is already here, whether it be food, knowledge, a sense of justice, etc., He gives us gifts and tells us to distribute it to those in need. This is the life of a follower of Christ. And this is how God most often provides for His children.
Today we should try and take some time to examine the gifts we have received and see how God may be asking us to distribute them so that He can continue to provide.

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