Wednesday, March 9 Devotion

from Paul Metzger

Readings: Ps 53, 2 Kings 4:1-7, Luke 9:10-17

Luk 9:10  ... and they went off by themselves...

Luk 9:11  When the crowds heard about it, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who needed it.

Luk 9:12When the sun was beginning to set, the twelve disciples came to him and said, "Send the people away so that they can go to the villages and farms around here and find food and lodging, because this is a lonely place."

Luk 9:13But Jesus said to them, "You yourselves give them something to eat." They answered, "All we have are five loaves and two fish. Do you want us to go and buy food for this whole crowd?"

Luk 9:17They all ate and had enough, and the disciples took up twelve baskets of what was left over.

After the disciples had come back from ministering, Jesus planned to spend some time with them debriefing and resting. But the crowds had other plans. And even though it conflicted with his immediate agenda, Jesus welcomed and ministered to the crowds, meeting their needs, spiritual and physical.

After a long day, the disciples brought up the issue of food. Their solution was to send the people away to "fend for themselves." Jesus told them to take care of it themselves. What Jesus was trying to get them to realize was that their resources were insufficient, and they needed to depend on Him. How many times do we try to take care of things using our own resources, instead of trusting and depending on His resources and wisdom. He wants us to realize that we can't do it ourselves, and we need Him in everything, whether big things like this, or small things that appear doable on our own.

The story in 2 Kings is similar, where the situation looked hopeless, but in depending on God, not only the immediate need, but future needs also were taken care of. When we depend on Him in everything, big and small, then we will have more than enough for the immediate need, and plenty left over for future needs as well.