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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 16, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
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!
Is anything too hard for the Lord? – Genesis 18:14 (NIV)
Linawati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia) titled her story “GOD’S MATH;” here is a portion of Linawati’s story:
“. . . The next afternoon, when I was working my job as a tutor, one of my students asked me, ‘Can you give me the answer? How many is five plus two?’
“His question made me angry because he was in fourth grade and could answer the question by himself. I answered him, ‘You know the answer is seven. Why are you asking me?’
“With a smile, he replied, ‘No, in your math, five plus two is seven, but not in God’s math. For God, five plus two is more than five thousand because God can feed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish.’
“His question and answer relieved my stress and made me calm. Reflecting on this understanding of God’s math, I prayed for God’s help; . . . Now, I remember that God is always present with us, bringing hope and peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – “All things are possible for God” (Matt. 19:26, CEB).
Prayer: Beloved God, help us to realize that you never forsake us. In all circumstances, our help comes from you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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