January 24, 2019

We are so blessed to have a God who can and will provide for all of our physical needs and asks us to put more effort into our spiritual growth than in providing for ourselves. We are so blessed to have a God who can step into any situation, any storm in our lives, and change it in an instant, just with a word. I’m reading about the miracles of Jesus, and they are humbling.

When Jesus fed the 5,000, and later the 4,000 (+ in both instances, with women and children), he proved he can take what little we have and multiply it to more than enough (Mark 6:38-44; Mark 8:1-10). He provides! He asks that we tend to our spiritual state (Mark 8:17-21) and trust that he will provide for our physical needs. Yet so often we find ourselves worrying about the physical, rather than the spiritual. Help us to have faith, Lord, to give what we have like those who gave the fish and the bread, and to trust you with the rest.

When the disciples were afraid they would perish in the storm, Jesus told the wind and waves to be quiet. And they were (Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25). What power! What sovereignty! It can be hard to take our eyes off of the storm when we’re in the midst of one‚ to keep from being afraid at something that seems so threatening. But to think how little power storms have compared to our savior—if only that is something we can remember and trust in when the times come.

Thank you for you, Lord, and the ways in which you care for us. You are the best blessing of all.