Friday, September 20, 2013

Forgetful Forgetters

Mark 8:17-21 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Imagine how Jesus felt about His very closest friends (the disciples).  He has already fed five thousand people with just five pieces of bread, and then again He fed four thousand with just another handful of food.  Now faced with a large crowd again the disciples ask Jesus; how are we going to feed all these people?  

In a paraphrased sense of His words Jesus ask them; what's wrong with you people, have you not just witnessed all the wonderful things that has taken place?  Not only was nine thousand people fed from a couple sack lunches, there were left overs for everyone. 

I could imagine Jesus thinking - why have they forgotten about the wonderful miracles that I have done?  Do they not think I can do it again?

Think of all the times that we fall into this category.  It's so easy to forget about the wonderful things God has done in our lives when are faced with yet another impossible situation. It seems that these impossible situations tend to eclipse our memory of all the miracles that has taken place in our lives, and when they eclipse we loose sight that God is bigger than impossible.  As a matter of fact God loves to whip the impossible for us to show us how much He actually cares for us.  He is asking us...Do you still not understand; Do you still not get it?  

God loves us, and he went to a great deal of trouble to show us how much exactly.  So let us do our very best to not be like the disciples were in this part of their story.  Let us not be forgetful forgetters of all the great things God has done for us.  If He did it once...He'll do it again - Yes He Will!!!  You may not know how, you may not know when, but He'll do it again. 

So no matter what you are facing, God is bigger!  No matter what you are going through, God is bigger!  No matter what lies ahead in your life, God is BIGGER!! If he can take a boys sack lunch and feed thousands of people with left over, He can do anything you could ever imagine. 

This is a very important note for this story, and I want you to focus closely on the next statement...

If the boy had never put the fishes and loaves in Jesus hands He would not have been able to feed all those people. He transferred his food from limited hands into the hands of miracles.  If you are looking for a miracle you must to place it in Jesus' hands.

Never Forget that!

Pastor Anthony
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  1. GREAT devotional Pastor Anthony!!!!! God uses us and we must never forget that! Your Gran has taught us well! I think people in general are so greatful to God when a prayer is answered and when things are back to normal they forget about God and go on their merry way. How sad is that? We need a close relationship with Jesus!!!! We never need to forget what God has done for us. I have also seen this over and over in Church's :( The Pastor or even members prays and loves and gives and rolls out the red carpet to help..... one tiny thing goes wrong in their mind and they leave and go to another church!!! They are forgetful forgetters!!!! It is time for everyone to feel the urgency of spreading God's WORD to the lost!!!!! It doesn't matter what church you go to! Every church has problems!!! Let's ALL focus not on yourself but on JESUS and be a servant of Christ and let's bind together in Jesus name and get HIS word out!!! Jesus is coming soon!!!! I never want to be a forgetful forgetter of what God has done for me :)
    Pamela Britt Malone