Leviticus 19:1-20:27 / Mark 8:11-38 / Psalm 42:1-11 / Proverbs 10:17
Mark 8:13-21“Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes do you not see? Having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?”
Once again the disciples found themselves in a situation where they didn’t have enough to eat (this time it was just the disciples alone with Jesus on a boat). Once they realized that they were in a state of need, they became worried and anxious and essentially said to Jesus, “What are we going to do? We don’t have enough!” Jesus said to them, “Guys, open up your eyes. I have just done amazing miracles that you have all seen first hand – I fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish and had 12 baskets of leftovers; and then just a few days later I did the same thing for 4,000 people! Do you think feeding 12 people here on this boat is too big for Me?” He wanted His men to break out of their spiritual deafness and blindness and allow the truth of who He is and His amazing power to convict their hearts in order to strengthen them.
Sometimes we can find ourselves coming up against the same set of circumstances over and over. We have seen God’s mighty hand of provision come through time and time again, but with each new test or moment of suspense, we find ourselves fretting and becoming anxious, not sure if God will provide. He wants to say to us (just like He said to His disciples), “Guys, DO NOT BE AFRAID! REMEMBER! I am Jehovah Jireh, your Provider - TRUST ME…I ALWAYS COME THROUGH! Are you walking in obedience? Are you in the place I have called you be? Then don’t worry.” Where God guides, He will provide! He is our good and loving, heavenly Father who wants good things for His children. And as we trust Him and walk in obedience, we can be confident in Him. Don’t question His ability, simply wait with expectation as He provides for your every need.” Standout Chapter: Psalm 42 – The psalmist is in distress and is yearning for the Lord who feels far away. He seems to be “preaching to himself” and speaking the truth about who God is in order to remind himself of the promises of God.
This isn’t an exercise in “positive confession”, it is the determination to SPEAK TRUTH! When we SPEAK THE TRUTH, we HEAR THE TRUTH and our FAITH RISES.
The key here is that we must KNOW the truth in order to speak it. So, how do we know the truth? We must feed on it = put it in our hearts and minds on a daily basis through reading the Word (God’s truth), memorizing and meditating on it.