Dealing With Life

My, Devotion to Him #139

It’s easy to get so caught up in the problems of life that we tend to face them alone without asking God’s involvement. We need to remember that no problem is too small or too large for God to handle. 

1. Perception is half the battle.

Matthew 14:15-20 is the story of Jesus feeding a crowd. The problem as perceived by the disciples was that there was too many to feed so they wanted Jesus to send the multitude away. They simply wanted Jesus to get rid of them. But, Jesus reply was that we need to feed them. Problems can be a way for us to learn lessons. 

2. Jesus knows our needs and how He will meet them before we even know of our need.

In John 6:5 Jesus posed a question to Philip “how will we feed them” He simply did this to test Philip. Jesus tests us with challenges and problems.

3. Philip’s answer is typical of many.

In John 6:7 He did not include Jesus in the calculation. This is common for us not to include Jesus in our problem solving.

4. Remember that Jesus is the bread of life.

In John 6:8-9 Andrew looks for an answer and finds a boy with 2 fishes and 5 small barley loaves. But Andrew like Philip didn’t put God into the equation when he told Jesus that the 5 loaves and 2 fishes would never be adequate to feed the multitude. Jesus makes a statement in John 6:47-48 that he is the bread of life. 

Remember that Jesus is the bread for your life and He is more than enough for the multitude. 

5. We need to remember that God supplies all of our needs.

Verse Passage: Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – NIV

6. Little people matter to Jesus.

Verse Passage: John 6:8-9 “Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” – NIV

Jesus could have feed the multitude by raining down manna from heaven as God did when His people were in the wilderness. But He chose to work through a small boy. This shows us that He likes to work through people that are perceived to be insignificant. What can he do with us?

7. Jesus is sensitive to our needs even though He is pressed from all sides.

In Mark 5:25-32 we find a woman with an issue of blood and we see that Jesus felt the power of healing leave Him when she touched him. Many times we feel we are to small and insignificant to bring our needs to God. But no one is too small and no problem insignificant to God.

8. Jesus is always adequate and supplies more than our needs.

In John 6:11-13 we see that Jesus supplied the need that was needing to be met at that moment and He went over and beyond the need. 

In closing I want to point out that in Mark 6:39-44 we see three things about Jesus. 

A. Jesus is orderly

Jesus just doesn’t do things recklessly. He is a man of order just like His Father. 

B. Jesus took time to give God Thanksgiving.

We need to give God thanks for the blessings in our lives as well. He is the one who has given us this life, giving you breath, a heart beat and provides the needs for us. Let’s get into a mindset of thanking Him for He is so worthy of our praises and thankful hearts. 

C. Jesus used His disciples to execute His plan and He uses us.

Just because Jesus can supernaturally work in our life doesn’t exclude us from working. We need to do our part as Christians, as disciples of Christ, as followers of the One True God. 

God bless! 

Copyright © 2018 by Jacob D. Olinger

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