Today we are reading Mark 7:24-30, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:31-37, Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 8:1-10, Matthew 15:32-39, Matthew 16:1-4, Mark 8:11-21, and Matthew 16:5-12. What stands out to you today? Let’s read and come back together:
“He does all things well” Mark 7:37
Amen. All things well, what a beautiful and comforting description of Jesus’ heart and intentions and actions and decisions…. and He is ever on our side! What a gift to us!
“Jesus asked, ‘How much bread do you have?’ ‘Seven loaves,’ they said, ‘plus a few fish.’ At that, Jesus directed the people to sit down. He took the seven loaves and the fish. After giving thanks, he divided it up and gave it to the people. Everyone ate. They had all they wanted.” Matthew 15:34-36 MSG
What I love about this miracle is that “everyone ate” and “had all they wanted”. We’ve visited before about our faith being an important determining factor, about the Lord acting at times “according to our faith”, but here is another important perspective to consider: everyone ate. Everyone had all they wanted. Notice: it does not say that everyone had the same, nor does it say that all was equal.
All may not have been the same, but all were satisfied fully. Sometimes we can get distracted by looking at the lives of others or get caught in the trap of comparison. Look to God to supply your needs, not to make things look “fair” or “equal” in your limited judgement. God is good, all the time, to all of us!