Concerned you can’t do it because you don’t have enough? Concerned you won’t make it because you have too little? Worried you are in a no win situation because odds seem against you? Worried that the needs are too great for the little you have to make a difference? Worried that the ask upon you is unrealistic and that you can’t make it happen with the little you have?
Turn it around! Worry changes nothing, Prayer changes everything! Nothing is too big for God! Nothing is impossible for God! So let’s give the little we have into the hands of God and allow Him to work miracles that will transform the lives of the people around us! Don’t give up! Don’t worry! Don’t be concerned! PUT YOUR HOPE AND YOUR TRUST IN JESUS and watch what He can do with the little you can offer up to Him! Don’t hold back the little you have out of fear that you won’t have enough! Trust in Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! We need to have childlike faith and believe in Him! Watch what the faith of a child giving up his lunch did for the thousands who were around him.
Today’s reading starts on just such a note, so let’s take a look…
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
(Matthew 14.13-21; Mark 6.30-44; Luke 9.10-17)
1After this, Jesus went across Lake Galilee (or, Lake Tiberias, as it is also called). 2A large crowd followed him, because they had seen his miracles of healing the sick. 3Jesus went up a hill and sat down with his disciples. 4The time for the Passover Festival was near. 5Jesus looked around and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, so he asked Philip, “Where can we buy enough food to feed all these people?” ( 6He said this to test Philip; actually he already knew what he would do.)
7Philip answered, “For everyone to have even a little, it would take more than two hundred silver coins to buy enough bread.”
8Another one of his disciples, Andrew, who was Simon Peter’s brother, said, 9“There is a boy here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But they will certainly not be enough for all these people.”
10“Make the people sit down,” Jesus told them. (There was a lot of grass there.) So all the people sat down; there were about five thousand men. 11Jesus took the bread, gave thanks to God, and distributed it to the people who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, and they all had as much as they wanted. 12When they were all full, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces left over; let us not waste a bit.” 13So they gathered them all and filled twelve baskets with the pieces left over from the five barley loaves which the people had eaten.
14Seeing this miracle that Jesus had performed, the people there said, “Surely this is the Prophet who was to come into the world!” 15Jesus knew that they were about to come and seize him in order to make him king by force; so he went off again to the hills by himself.
–from John 6
So let’s walk by faith and not by sight! Let’s not allow what we see or hear to hold us back from what God and will do in and through our lives! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Don’t be worried or afraid because of the situation you find yourself in, rather put your hope and trust in God and watch the miracles that will happen! In this world we will face troubles, trials, challenges, but Jesus told us not to worry for He has already overcome the world! He has already won the victory so we don’t have to worry! Today’s reading continues with the following…
The Example of Christ’s Suffering
18You servants must submit yourselves to your masters and show them complete respect, not only to those who are kind and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved suffering because you are conscious of his will. 20For what credit is there if you endure the beatings you deserve for having done wrong? But if you endure suffering even when you have done right, God will bless you for it. 21It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example, so that you would follow in his steps. 22He committed no sin, and no one ever heard a lie come from his lips. 23When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. 24Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed. 25You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.
–from 1 Peter 2
So turn back to Jesus! Allow Him to lead you and guide you! All Him to be the foundation of your faith so that you won’t be worried, concerned, or shaken! This is the day that God has made! He knows what He is doing! He’s got it all under control! GOD IS LOVE! So be His! Allow the love to flow like a song of love into and through and around your life! Allow it to permeate you and to influence and fill those around you!
1Asleep on my bed, night after night I dreamed of the one I love; I was looking for him, but couldn’t find him. 2I went wandering through the city, through its streets and alleys. I looked for the one I love. I looked, but couldn’t find him. 3The sentries patrolling the city saw me. I asked them, “Have you found my lover?” 4As soon as I left them, I found him. I held him and wouldn’t let him go until I took him to my mother’s house, to the room where I was born. 5Promise me, women of Jerusalem; swear by the swift deer and the gazelles that you will not interrupt our love.
The Third Song
6What is this coming from the desert like a column of smoke, fragrant with incense and myrrh, the incense sold by the traders? 7Solomon is coming, carried on his throne; sixty soldiers form the bodyguard, the finest soldiers in Israel. 8All of them are skillful with the sword; they are battle-hardened veterans. Each of them is armed with a sword, on guard against a night attack. 9King Solomon is carried on a throne made of the finest wood. 10Its posts are covered with silver; over it is cloth embroidered with gold. Its cushions are covered with purple cloth, lovingly woven by the women of Jerusalem. 11Women of Zion, come and see King Solomon. He is wearing the crown that his mother placed on his head on his wedding day, on the day of his gladness and joy.
–from Song of Songs 3