Mark 8:17-19: “Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, ‘Why are you so worried about having no food? Won’t you ever learn or understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? You have eyes – can’t you see? You have ears – can’t you hear? Don’t you remember anything at all? What about the five thousand men I fed with five loaves of bread? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?'”
Although the disciples had seen Jesus take care of situations that seemed impossible, they still worried if they would have enough food on this particular day. In these verses, Jesus reminded them of times he had provided not only enough but an excess amount of food to feed those present with baskets of leftovers. How often are we guilty of behaving like the disciples and worrying about things which God can handle without our advice or help? We have seen example after example in the bible. We have seen personally and heard from others what God has done and how He has provided in what appeared to be impossible situations. Yet, like the disciples, we become overwhelmed by the circumstance and grow worried about details that God already has under control.
“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is,” (Anonymous). Worry keeps us from recognizing how God is at work. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:4-7. Regardless of what happens, we can rejoice in the fact that God is in control!
“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” Henry Ford
- Feeding the Multitude: That’s What God Does (stoneandfeather.wordpress.com)
- Oh Little Faith! (rmgarvin.wordpress.com)