I love how the Holy Spirit can reveal something fresh in a familiar passage of scripture. Today, while I was reading in the Gospel of Mark, I was reminded again of God’s sufficiency by the response Jesus gave his disciples.
This is the portion I read, “They were discussing among themselves that they did not have any bread. Aware of this, he said to them, ‘Why are you discussing the fact you have no bread? Don’t you understand or comprehend? Do you have hardened hearts? Do you have eyes and not see; do you have ears and not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of leftovers did you collect?’ ”
“Twelve,” they told him.
“When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of pieces did you collect?”
“Seven,” they said.
And he said to them, “Don’t you understand yet?” (Mark 8:16-21, CSB).
The questions Jesus asked his disciples felt directed at me. Recently, I’ve been stressed about some financial circumstances yet like the disciples I’ve experienced God meeting my needs in the past. Why do I default to anxiety, worry, and stress rather than confident and calm trust?
On two separate occasions God sufficiently met the need for food with a multitude of people. Near Bethsaida Jesus fed 5,000 (Luke 9:10-17). Another time near Gerasenes region, Jesus fed 4,000 (Mark 8:1-13). At each occurrence God provided more than enough, there was leftovers!
What does this text reveal about God?
• God meets needs.
• God is generous with his provisions.
• God is trustworthy.
When the LORD appeared to Abram to establish his covenant he states, “…I am El-Shaddai––‘God Almighty’ ” (Genesis 17:1, NLT).
Paul reminds us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, ESV).
David testifies of God’s all-sufficiency, “The LORD is my shepherd; I have what I need. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:1 and 5b, CSB). An overflowing cup is provision of more than enough.
Dear Reader, like me, do you need to cultivate trust in God’s all-sufficient provision?
El-Shaddai, you are worthy of my complete trust. Help move me from fear and anxiety to confident undoubting trust in you. Thank you for consistently providing above and beyond what I can ask or imagine. Blessed be your name. Amen.
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