Monday August 1
Being sensitive to people
  • Jeremiah 28:1-17
  • Psalm 119: 29,43,79,80,95,102
  • Matthew 14:13-21

The feeding of the multitude is the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels. As we learn from the disciples, we are to obey Jesus’ command; to offer our limited resources for him to bless and increase, not to pile up for ourselves, but to share with others. These supplies could be money and belongings, but they also include time, energy, natural abilities and learned skills. God intervenes to increase the limited supplies so that there is ample food. Jesus proves his lordship just as he shows his authority over sickness, sin, Sabbath and people’s lives. This miracle shows that Jesus is sensitive to the physical needs of the people. He does not focus only on their spiritual health through his teaching. He is also concerned that some are physically hungry and sick. As Christians are we concerned about the physical health of God’s people as Jesus is or do we focus only on our spiritual health? Like the disciples, do we think of sending people away when we think that our supplies are too limited to have an impact?

Prayer: Abba Father, thank you for the miracles you have done in our lives. May we learn from them and walk closer with you. Amen.

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