Daily Devotion Friday, January 10

Friday, January 10, 2014 – Psalm 46; Isaiah 65:1-9; Revelation 3:1-6 and John 6:1-14

John 6:1-14 – 1After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9″There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

The feeding of the 5,000 is one account of Jesus’ ministry that makes it into all four of the gospels. This must have been a significant event in Jesus’ life and ministry. What strikes me is how impossible it is, how could 5,000 people be fed, especially with only five barley loaves and two fish. Yet with God the impossible is possible.

I can think of many impossible events in my life. Most of these were the results of natural disasters.

The one that comes to mind is the Joplin F-5 tornado that destroyed a good portion of the city of Joplin and surrounding communities. Homes are still being rebuilt and last night I heard two more schools had been finished and students would soon be moving into these new buildings. It’s taking time, but life is returning to the devastated area.

The other one that comes to mind is the flooding in the Northern front range of Colorado. Progress is being made. I pulled up a Colorado road map and most of the roads that were affected are open. It looked like one was still being worked on and was only one lane traffic at this time. That’s amazing that enough repair has been done to open up the roads to Estes Park. One road, one house at a time, life is being restored.

I bring all that up because Jesus and the disciples could have said; we can’t feed all these people with only five loaves and two fish. Instead with these five loaves and two fish Jesus said; let’s feed the people. And so they did.

In one commentary that I’ve read about the feeding of the 5,000 the commentator said, the boy shared his five loaves and two fish and as he did others shared what they had and all were fed and there was twelve full baskets of left overs. Sounds like one of the first pot luck meals to me. Everyone sharing from what they had may have been the miracle.

In life we all encounter impossible situations, yet with God the impossible is possible. It simply takes the right resources and our energy, intelligence, imagination and love.

O God, as we encounter impossible situations of life, may we turn to You, seeking your wisdom to guide us to the possible. As we hear in the Psalm often, You are our refuge and strength. O Lord, help us seek to be guided by you. Thanks for being there and giving us the resources to do Your will and help others. Amen.

Psalm 46 – 10  “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11  The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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