Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Mark 8:1-10 NLT
[1] About this time another large crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them, [2] “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. [3] If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a long distance.” [4] His disciples replied, “How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?” [5] Jesus asked, “How much bread do you have?” “Seven loaves,” they replied. [6] So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, and broke them into pieces. He gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd. [7] A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to distribute them. [8] They ate as much as they wanted. Afterward, the disciples picked up seven large baskets of leftover food. [9] There were about 4,000 men in the crowd that day, and Jesus sent them home after they had eaten. [10] Immediately after this, he got into a boat with his disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.

Reflection . . .

Jesus’ compassion is manifested in a great way in this miracle. He provides for a great need — hunger. This well known passage and miracle demonstrates for us a number of things but most readily it speaks to us of God’s compassion and provision for those who seek Him.

It answers the question, “How are we going to ____________?”

In this case, feed so many people. Asking the Lord first of all is the key. We approach the Lord with our needs (pray), leave them in His hands (wait) and then do as He says (obey). It’s not a difficult process, but it’s also not very easy for us humans to do.

Here it is: Pray, Wait, Obey

What does Jesus do? He asks what they have to work with. They bring him the food and what does Jesus do? He takes it, prays, breaks it into pieces and then has His disciples distribute it to the crowd. If we take our needs to the Lord, ask Him to do what He desires through that need, and then wait on Him to do some thing wonderful, He will do great things through our obedience!