Sunday-July 31, 2011
… on feeding five thousand
Overwhelming or unexpected situations are the perfect opportunity for the enemy to convince us that we don’t have the power to effect change. Who among us has not had unexpected company that has stayed a little too long? Invited guests we’re prepared for but those who drop in unexpectedly, always seem to arrive when that week’s shopping didn’t get done or the kitchen is “closed.” What’s a host to do? Hospitality occupies a very prominent position in ancient Jewish culture, and I believe today is at the heart of the Christian commandment to love God and love neighbor as self. What initially sounds like a concern on the part of the disciples, Christ reveals as possible anxiety, self-preservation and/or a lack of faith. Doubt doesn’t just hinder our ability to make a difference; it takes away our confidence that through Christ, overwhelming and unexpected situations can be overcome. Living in this world we have to learn to receive the unexpected trials with confidence and by grace knowing that Christ has already triumphed over the situation (John 16:33).
Matthew 14:13-21 Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”