After many years, I remember growing up in a country ruled by one of the most brutal dictators of the twentieth century. There was a time when my father, who worked for the government, was deprived a salary while forced to work every day. To help support the family, my mother started a small garden in our backyard. The whole family joined her in gardening. For several years, the family lived on income generated by selling vegetables. Years later, remembering what God did for us in the past helped to strengthen our faith and to trust that he would see us through present obstacles.
Jesus cautioned his disciples against the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod. He was referring to evil systems of thought that governed the lives of these religious and political leaders. Not understanding his teaching, the disciples focused their attention on their lack of bread. Was Jesus, who fed five thousand and four thousand people, going to leave them hungry? Turning to what preoccupied their minds, Jesus reminds them of the two miracles. Remembering what Jesus did for us in the past, helps us to trust he will help us overcome the obstacles we face today.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, help me to remember what you did for me in the past, and to trust that you are with me and will not abandon me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Stéphane Kalonji, Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC.