God is interested in both your spiritual health as well as your physical well-being. (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39)
Today, we look at the miracle of the loaves of bread and a few fish. It happened twice while Jesus was having a sort of conference with his followers. In one of those “conferences,” the people had been there all day, and in the other, they had been there for 3 days, receiving from Jesus some spiritual meal for their spiritual health. And in both instances, they had been very tired and hungry towards the end of His teaching. Also, both occasions saw, at least, 4,000 people in attendance.
Notice that, after the people had been filled with words of life for their spiritual health, the Lord still went a step further to show that His compassion is beyond a desire for our spiritual well-being; He desires our physical well-being as well. The Psalmist says in Psalm 37:25, ‘I have been young and now I am old. And in all my years I have never seen the Lord forsake a man who loves him; nor have I seen the children of the godly go hungry.’ These multitudes in our passage travelled long distances on foot, from various cities, through wild forests and bushes, just in search of the Lord. How could He forsake them? How could He not feed those who loved Him so?
What about you?
Now, let’s bring this down-to-earth. When you doggedly chase after the Lord, He will satisfy all your needs in the end. But you have to stay on, until the very end. In the story above, only those who stayed to the end got fed. Those who got tired and left missed out on that miracle. Please stick with Him, even when your gut tells you otherwise; because, in the end, He will get to that part of your need. Remember, God starts at the point of your faith in order to meet you at the point of your need. Stay connected to Him.
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I was around 5 when, I am strongly convinced, I first heard the distinct voice of God. But, not until I was 11 (2002) did I have a personal encounter with Him. I was in my room that night, about to pray before bed, when I saw a revelation of how filthy my heart was. I didn't argue with God that I was too young to have such amount of filth ('cause I believed I was a 'good boy,' by human standards, at least). I simply cried uncontrollably in brokenness of heart - "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God" (Psalm 51:17) - and He didn't.
Still crying uncontrollably, I left my room and went to the living room, where my parents were watching the nightly news on TV. After I managed to tell them about the revelation I saw, my sweet mum took me to her room and led me to Christ. I got saved that night. And 6 years later, I discovered my purpose and assignment on earth, which is raising up men and women to be godly, and teaching them the simplicity of Christianity. More than a decade later, I am still fulfilling that purpose to His glory. Hallelujah!