S (Scripture) – Matthew 15:30-38 “And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, ‘I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.’ The disciples said to Him, ‘Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘How many loaves do you have?’ And they said, ‘Seven, and a few small fish.’ And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.”
O (Observation) – Lord, what is so unbelievable about this story is that the disciples had already witnessed You feeding the 5,000 men plus women and children not long before this day, as well as watching You miraculously heal all of the various people who were present. How is it possible to walk alongside You, witness Your amazing provision, see first-hand every single person around You healed of every possible ailment, and then wonder where the food might come from to feed them?
A (Application) – We do the same thing every day. We know of Your greatness, we sing about it on Sundays. We know You are able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all that we ask or think…we say so in our prayers. But then we go throughout our day living as if it were all up to us to make things happen. When will we learn how to really believe You, and be still and know that You are God? There are countless times in my life where Your fingerprints are unmistakeable. I look back and marvel at how faithful You are, how perfect Your timing is, and how Your plan is so much greater than anything I could have come up with on my own…yet I wonder from day-to-day if Your grace and mercy will ever stop being as wonderful for me. Maybe not consciously by what I believe, but certainly in how I allow the concerns of this life to dominate my thinking. Instead of declaring Your promises over the areas of my life causing me anxiety, I sometimes slip into “fix it mode” and get to work on doing what I believe in my flesh is what needs to be done.
P (Prayer) – Precious Jesus, Help me to remember Your goodness and all that You have already done for me. Help me to be still in my mind and allow Your peace and calmness to reign in my heart. Just as You did not berate the disciples for asking such a silly question after witnessing Your greatness, thank You for never shaking Your finger in my face telling me to stop what I am doing…You just gently remind me that You love me and that You’ve got this. If only I would receive that and live like I believed it.