23. Look with eyes of faith

I was reading through the Gospel of Matthew this morning and there was something that amazed me. I read how Jesus provided food for five thousand men with merely five loaves of bread and two fish. Now that is amazing and wonderful in itself, but it was not what caught my attention this morning.

What amazed me this morning is that merely one chapter later Jesus wanted to provide food again, this time for four thousand men. And the reaction of the disciples was a classic to me:

Matthew 15:33 "And where would we get enough food out here in the wilderness for all of them to eat?"

Even after they saw Him perform an amazing miracle of feeding the five thousand men, here they doubted that He would be able to do the same and feed the four thousand. Amazing how quickly they either forgot about His previous miracle (which is highly unlikely), or how quickly they lost faith.

Then just a little while later they were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee and they discovered that they didn't bring any food along. And when Jesus told them that they should watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees, they immediately decided that He was saying this because they forgot their bread. And Jesus was amazed at their little faith.

Matthew 16:8-10 "You have so little faith! Why are you worried about having no food? Don't you remember the five thousand I fed with five loaves, and the baskets of food that were left over? Don't you remember the four thousand I fed with seven loaves, with baskets of food left over?"

When I read this I couldn't believe their lack of faith either. It was quite obvious to me, that if Jesus were able to feed five thousand, He would surely be able to do it again and again?

But then I realized, we are just the same. It is easy to point fingers at them, but we are exactly the same. We tend to forget how the Lord looked after us in the past, whenever a new problem peek its head through the door. We tend to forget His promises. We tend to forget what He has planned for us and fall in a rut whenever things don't go our way. We tend to run to 'prophets' of our time, when we feel that we haven't 'heard' of the Lord lately. We tend to forget that God's prophecies concerning us is binding and there to build on.

We need to work on our faith. We need to look up to Jesus, the One who fed five thousand, and trust Him enough to 'feed' us.

Father God, we are sorry that we lack faith some times. When we look at our circumstances we tend to forget to look only at You. Help us to develop our faith. In Jesus Name. Amen

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