Not Considering the Loaves
Daily Devotional for January 21st
And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. Mark 6:51-52
The miracles Jesus performs in your life are always more than simply meeting a specific urgent need; they are about learning to trust Him. In order to follow and become a disciple of Jesus, the Lord will take you down some of the most interesting roads in order to teach you those things that are extremely necessary for your spiritual victory and survival as a Christian. His ultimate desire that He be the only thing you trust in.
There are only two responses to the word of God; either to accept it or reject it. If the word is accepted and received in faith, then wonderful things occur. If the word is rejected and discarded, it by default, is a response of unbelief. Unbelief will cause the heart to become hardened. When we think of a hardened heart, do we ever consider that we as believers could be subject to it? Hardness of heart is a serious problem, not only in the world, but also in God’s people. Hebrews admonishes believers on three distinct occasions, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Hebrews 3:7, 3:15 & 4:7. The only thing that can fix a hardened heart is our choice to accept God at His word.
Sometimes we miss the entire point of Jesus’ lessons when we fail to consider other miracles He performs within our life. Has the Lord constrained you into a ship before? The word constrain means to forcefully persuade. Jesus walking on the waves to calm them should not have come as a shock to them if they would have considered the loaves. Sadly, they did not.
How should the disciples have considered the loaves? What does that even mean? We can miss the bigger picture; the greater understanding if we fail to consider the loaves. How many miracles does God have to perform in us before we learn that He is forever worthy of our trust? Will we join the children of Israel who God was grieved with because of their unbelief? They saw God’s works; His hand move continually; His miracles; His deliverance, but yet they still woke up every morning in unbelief in the trouble that lied ahead. No matter how many ways God revealed His power and faithfulness to them, they still could not trust Him. The lesson Jesus wanted the disciples to learn was simple; how many miracles should I perform before you just simply trust me always?
God’s continual provision and faithfulness will forever testify of His willingness to always move on our behalf. What should you consider about the mountains God has moved in your life? They are to instruct us to quit wrestling every future trial we find ourselves in. They ultimately build such a testimony that we should eventually stare every problem squarely in the face and say, “God is faithful and will take care of me in this time of trouble.”