Tuesday: 19th February, 2019
Reference text: Mark 8:14-21
Mark 8:20, 21 And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?
As a Chelsea fan, results over the past few weeks have been quite disheartening. Hence as expected, everyone seems to be having a go at diagnosing the problem. While some wish the manager had more time, others believe his time is already up. Oh! I just remembered this isn’t football so why?
Among the issues that have been suggested as the possible causes of this slump, the question of ‘are the players buying fully into the philosophy of their manager’ has been rather popular. The manager is unsure they are because what he teaches appears not to be translated unto the pitch.
Teachers know that there are few feelings worse than knowing that your efforts have been unfruitful because your students did not understand what you taught, and that is what happens with the disciples of Jesus. In spite of the clear examples of provision they received while in his company, they thought they were being chastised for having only a single loaf of bread. You could sense the frustration of Jesus.
He might have wanted to tell them: ‘why do you think I would do it for everybody else but not you? Why should my response to your shortage be any different from that of others?’ I am unsure if this rings a bell, but many of us may have been in the shoes of these disciples at a point in time. At a moment when we believed that everyone else mattered to God but us. That the needs of everyone else could be met but not ours.
Beloved, that is never the case for you matter to God as much as any other person. Your needs are top of his priority and He is always on top of your case so, do not allow yourself think otherwise.