June 12, 2009

Feed Them

Mark 6:30-44

“You give them something to eat.”
Mark 6:37


In the history of the people of Israel, the wilderness was a place of testing. During the years when the people wandered in the wilderness, God taught them to trust in him for the necessities of life. When they became desperate for food, they cried out to God and he provided for them. The manna they received nourished their bodies and reminded them to trust in God. (See Exodus 16.)

More than a thousand years later Jesus taught his disciples the same lesson.

In our reading for today, the expressions “quiet place,” “solitary place” and “remote place” can also be translated as “wilderness.” Jesus had just finished teaching a crowd of several thousand people out in the wilderness when a crisis arose. There was a food shortage, and the disciples didn’t know what to do. Jesus told them, “You give them something to eat.” Hearing this, they were dumbfounded. Jesus then took the little they had, gave thanks, and miraculously multiplied it so that everyone had more than enough to eat. In this way Jesus taught the disciples to trust in God for their needs.

All of us experience “wilderness” times in our lives. We need to learn afresh that God has the power to provide all that we need—and more. We simply have to trust him. Crises lead to blessings when they teach us to depend on God.

Lord, many of us are in times of testing right now. Forgive us our doubts and help us to trust you for all that we truly need. In the name of Jesus we pray and give thanks. Amen.

About the author — R. Scott Greenway

R. Scott Greenway was born in Mexico City in 1964, the fourth child of missionary parents. He graduated from Calvin College in 1986, Calvin Theological Seminary in 1991, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2002. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children. He pastored the Irving Park Christian Reformed Church in Midland Park, New Jersey, and currently serves as pastor of Caledonia Christian Reformed Church in Michigan. He enjoys a variety of outdoor sports, including hunting and fishing.

Start your day with quick daily devotions.

See God's love, power, presence, and purpose in your life every day!