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Making the Connection

Today’s reading:Mark 6:30-8:21

My selection:Mark 8:16-18

16 And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?

My reflections: Reading this, you have to smile. However, the disciples were not very different from us. They had seen Jesus multiply five loaves and two fish to feed five thousand. They had seen Him do the same for another crowd of 4000. They had a loaf with them so they were not completely out, just in low supply. When Jesus made a comment about the “leaven” of the Pharisees and of Herod, a reference to the sin of those in power, they immediately got nervous and worried about the lack of literal bread.

What do we do? We see the Lord answer prayer, provide in amazing ways, and show His faithfulness to sparrows and to us. We see, but what do we do when our financial security is threatened? What do we do when our job is in jeopardy? What do we do when our freedoms seem threatened? What do we do when our culture moves further away from the moral foundations of the Bible?

Answer: I am afraid, we generally talk among ourselves and worry.

My challenge: If we made the connection between the power of God and our daily lives, better than the disciples did in the boat that day, we would pray and trust more and talk and worry less. Are you praying or talking? Are you trusting or worrying? Make the connection.

Tomorrow’s reading: Mark 8:22-10:16

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