Daily D – Mark 8:5
“How many loaves do you have?” He asked them. “Seven,” they said.
MARK 8:5 (CSB)
God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2). He then told Moses to throw it on the ground. It became a snake when he did so. Moses then did what you and I most often do in the presence of a large snake: He ran.
That staff was more than a stick. It became a tool of God’s deliverance of an oppressed people. That staff became a tool that opened solid rock and provided streams of living water.
When five thousand people gathered around Jesus and all the disciples could find to feed them was five loaves of bread and a couple of fish (Mark 6:30 and following), Jesus turned those ordinary supplies into a banquet with twelve baskets of leftovers.
Now with four thousand people who have followed Jesus for three days and were without food (verse 2), Jesus assessed their assets. You know how this story goes. Once again, the disciples picked up seven baskets of bread (verse 8) after everyone had eaten to their satisfaction. They finished with more than they started with again.
Jesus takes what we have and maximizes it. It is probably good to remember that everything we possess came from him. It, and we, ultimately belong to him (Psalm 24:1). He who spoke the world into being out of nothing can do a lot with a little.
Your bank account may feel a little barren, but God can do amazing things with your faithfulness and obedience. As preachers of another generation loved to say, “You can’t outgive God.” This is true in every generation. He is the Giver of All Good Things.
Focus on what you have. Do what he tells you to do. God can do more with what you have than you can.
What do you have in your hand? Place it in the hands of Jesus and watch him multiply it. This is no party trick. This is an enduring truth.
I will trust God to maximize what he has placed in my hands.
Our Father, all that I have, all that I am, I place in your hands. Take it and use it as you see fit. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”