Archive for Sunday, November 1, 2009

Matthew 14:19-21, 28-31

He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children…“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?

In today’s chapter in the book of Matthew, Jesus takes us to the next dimension in our walk in faith and this is something I’ve often heard but seldom seen in action. The feeding of the 10,000 (5,000 men plus spouses and kids…) and Peter’s walking on the water are aspects of our faith we read but generally gloss over because we don’t believe it is possible for us, only for God. However, if you remember, there are grand miracles like Moses’s leading of the Israelites across the Red Sea and Noah’s ark that confound human understanding and make it difficult for us to believe but these are true and some of it have been recently investigated and chronicled by scientists to prove are true.

What is God trying to say to us through these miracles? Is he calling us to become magicians, use it to multiply our worldly resources, make us special in the eyes of man or something else? For me, both these miracles were not so much to do with the person exercising their faith as much as for the people witnessing it. In all of the Bible, we are taught over and over again that our lives and our service is to God, not to ourselves and until we realize it, we will never really be glorifying God. When Jesus sent out his disciples, he asked them to take nothing with them and to go and share the gospel. He wants us to stop relying on ourselves, our resources, our strengths and our abilities but instead to realize that all that we have amounts to NOTHING and that when we lean on him, he will be our ALL IN ALL! When are you going to get out of that couch of comfort and exercise your faith and reliance on Christ? Lets shake off the shame and lethargy and lets don God’s armor and serve him for his namesake!

In His Loving Service,