76. Trust in Jesus

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:

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

Even after they saw Him performing the amazing miracle of feeding the five thousand men, they doubted that He would be able to do the same and feed the four thousand. I was amazed at 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.

"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?" Matthew 16:8-10

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 tend to forget how powerful His Word is and that we can find comfort and extraordinary power in the pages. We tend to forget that we are part of His Kingdom and what a wonderful privilege it is to walk in the reality of it every day. We tend to forget that all the promises God made to Abraham is now ours too.

We need to look up to Jesus, the One who fed five thousand, and trust Him enough to 'feed' us. He is always the same, yesterday, today and forever and He is ready to help. He lives mightily within us, just waiting for us to unleash His power into our own lives.

Father God, we are sorry that we look at our own abilities some times, instead of up to You. When we look at our circumstances we tend to forget to look only at You. We want to grow and stand up in all that we are due to what Jesus had done for us. In Jesus Name. Amen

3 comments for “76. Trust in Jesus”

  1. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 4:09:45 AM

    Powerful!! My faith has been challenged. May God help me to rely on Him, for He is the author and finisher of my faith.
    God bless you. Thank you.

  2. Gravatar of Ronelle Ronelle
    Posted Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 7:07:35 AM

    I have always thought that I knew my Bible well, but somehow I have missed this part. Thank you for pointing it out to us. May we trust Him in all we need and rely on His grace and love!

  3. Gravatar of karlienkarlien
    Posted Monday, 14 November 2016 at 11:05:09 AM

    You always give us SO much insight in God's Word and your message has encouraged us to put our trust in Him, and Him alone.. what a Promise to stand on, what a blessing. Thank you Ilze!

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