Matthew 14:1-21

Matthew 14:1-21

We're all going to struggle with faith, but because we struggle with faith does not mean that God does not, can not, or will not do a miracle in our life. God loves us! The greatest miracle of all was that Jesus shed His blood that we could have salvation.How many times do we stop to thank those around us that do the mundane, irritating little things that need to be done in our lives? But the fact that they get done is miraculous. Do we take the time to thank those that God chooses to use or to thank God that they’re done for us? You know, we sometimes throw up that dinner prayer, “Thank you for the food, Lord. Okay, dig in.” But you know what? I think it’s important that we take the time to pray and thank God for what He’s blessed us with. I don’t care if you do it before you eat or after you eat, but that you remember that it is appropriate to acknowledge what God has done for you, what He’s given to you, and the fact that it is a miracle that you have it…

What we have, what we’ve been given comes from the hand of God, and that we can and should be thankful for it, and this is where I see Jesus’s heart. He had the ability and the power. He could have just done the miracle, and He could have done it with fanfare, and He could have drawn attention to Himself, but He chose not to do any of that. He just simply chose to thank His Father in heaven and then break the bread. No magic. No spells. No tricks. Just simply, thank you Father, and then He hands the bread out…

I believe the whole thing happened to challenge the faith of the disciples, because Jesus starts off in John, when the crowd first shows up, challenging His disciples, How are we going to feed them? Jesus knew early in the day these people are going to need to eat, and it’s going to take a miracle to do it. What miracle are we going to have to do it? Well, the disciples decide the miracle that they’re going to use is steal a little boy’s lunch…

We’re all going to struggle with faith, but because we struggle with faith does not mean that God does not, can not, or will not do a miracle in our life. God loves us. The greatest miracle of all was that Jesus shed His blood that we could have salvation paid through His blood. Jesus shed His blood that we could come to God the Father in love relationship, and not have to be eternally separate from God the Father. That is the greatest miracle of all. And yet, I see people who still doubt even that. They challenge it, they argue about it, they deny it, they ignore it, and if we can ignore that and explain that away, I guarantee you, you can explain everything else that God chooses to do in your life away, and you will chalk it up to luck, rather that giving God the praise and the thanks for it. We just need to rethink ourselves. Reboot, as it were, because there is a God in heaven Who cares. A God in heaven Who loves you, who loves me, and is just dying to do miracles for us, so that then we can stand up in the face of a world that does not know and give testimony to His greatness, and even in a small way, just as Jesus did, simply looking up to heaven in front of those few that are around and saying, “Thank you, God, for doing this for me.”

Pastor Dave Elkins