Putting God's Word into Practice…

Mark 6:30-44-Desolate Places

on February 18, 2012

To be honest, recently I have felt overwhelmed with ministry opportunities–it started out as a good thing, but has left me feeling spent.  Everyone advises me to back off, say no, know my limits, etc…but that is not what I see when I look at Jesus’ heart for people and ministry.

The apostles had just returned from their mission’s trips and Jesus said, “let’s get away and rest a bit.”  They had been so busy that they didn’t even have time to eat.  (Ironic considering the miracle about to take place.)  But when they arrived at the “desolate place” the crowd was waiting for them and Jesus had compassion on the spiritually and physically hungry people “because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”  Jesus taught and then He and the disciples served them dinner–a lot of them–some scholars estimate 20,000 people.  Sometimes after an exhausting season or at the end of a tiring day I think rest is what I need; but maybe serving and seeing a miracle is even better than rest!

One person offered all he had to Jesus.  Jesus took it and used it to display His power.  In this case, the boy didn’t have to work at all.  He just gave what he had and sat down in the lush green grass and waited for Jesus to feed him too.  After the disciples served the meal, they got to sit down and eat their fill too.  The Lord is the Shepherd, they had all they could want.  He made them lie down in green pastures. (Psalm 23:1-2a)

Verse 24 says, “And they ALL ate and were satisfied.” Desolate places give God an opportunity to display His power to provide, fulfill and completely satisfy.

Lord, please give me compassion for the needy.  Let me give all I have to You so You can supernaturally fulfill and satisfy al the people You put in my life, including my family and even myself.  When I think I can’t go on, please don’t let me seek rest primarily but to seek Your power to press on, knowing that as I am obedient and compassionate, You will give me rest!  You are a good Shepherd!

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