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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus performed some miracles as signs of his identity. He used other miracles to teach important truths. But here we read that he healed people because he “had compassion on them.” Jesus was, and is, a loving, caring, and feeling person. When you are suffering, remember that Jesus hurts with you. He has compassion on you.
Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed over 5,000 people. What he was originally given seemed insufficient, but in his hands it became more than enough. We often feel that our contribution to Jesus is meager, but he can use and multiply whatever we give him, whether it is talent, time, or treasure. It is when we give them to Jesus that our resources are multiplied. (NLT)
Matthew 14:13-21 – As soon as Jesus heard the news, he went off by himself in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed by land from many villages. A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus replied, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
“Impossible!” they exclaimed. “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!”
“Bring them here,” he said. Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves, in addition to all the women and children!
Give me only my daily bread. – Proverbs 30:8 (NIV)
Gale A. Richard’s (Iowa) story is titled “DAILY BREAD;” here is Gale’s story:
“One day as a friend and I were leaving work, he commented, ‘I sure got my daily bread today.’ He explained that he had arrived at work feeling worried and insecure about personal issues. He had prayed for something to happen to help him just make it through the day. During the morning, three different people stopped to tell him what good work he was doing and how happy they were to have him on their team. These affirmations lifted his spirits and gave him the strength to face problems outside of work also. His final comment was, ‘Those three people may not realize it, but they reminded me that God loves me and is guiding me through my troubles.’
“The miracle in today’s reading appears in all four Gospels and is usually called the feeding of the 5,000. But the miracle is even larger than that. Before Jesus fed the crowds physically, he nourished them in other ways. He taught them, encouraged them, and healed them. Jesus cared for their complete well-being.
“When we pray to receive our daily bread, we are asking for more than just physical nourishment. Daily bread is also spiritual, mental, and emotional strengthening. God cares about our total well-being and will nourish us daily in many ways.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God is the source of the things that nourish me today.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for satisfying all our hungers as we pray, “Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4). Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO LACK BARE NECESSITIES
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