Where were you last chapter?

“His disciples answered, ‘Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?’”  Matthew 15:33.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 3, 1 Chronicles 2, and Matthew 15.

If you read Matthew 14 and then keep right on going and read Matthew 15, you really must scratch your head in disbelief.

In 14, the disciples recognize a food problem: evening coming, and food is scarce.

In 15, Jesus asks the disciples about a food problem: people without food for days.

What did Jesus do in Chapter 14?  He created food to meet the needs of 5,000 men + women/children.

When Jesus presents a similar food problem one chapter later, wouldn’t you have expected the disciples to let Him handle it?  I would.  But they don’t.  They lament that there is no food nearby.  And they lament this to Jesus, who just a chapter ago fed a huge crowd!

This is hard for me to wrap my brain around until I look at my own life.  How often do I behave in a way that would indicate that I have forgotten God entirely?  Needs are met.  Problems are solved.  All sorts of praiseworthy occurrences happen.  But then along comes something new and I’m reaching for counterfeit gods.  Why is God so patient with all of us??

“Lord, forgive me for calling out for help to all the wrong sources!  I need You in charge.  I want to go Your Way.  No other way is right. Thank You for Your Word and the many life lessons found therein.  I am desperately out of synch with You far too often.  Prick my conscience when I am misguided.  I need You, Father.”

Why are we so quick to condemn the disciples when we are just like them?


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