Today in Mark’s gospel, we read of the Feeding of the 4000. The Greek participles translated as taken and given thanks and the verb broke are in the aorist tense, expressing decisive acts, whereas the verb gave is in the imperfect, showing that Jesus “kept on giving” the bread to his disciples for distribution. He did the same thing with a few small fish.
That sounds like a lot of technical jargon, and it is just that; however, it points to a profound reality. The disciples were overwhelmed by the numbers of people; Jesus was not. He took what was available and blessed the bread and fish and fed all of the people with food left over.
How often do we look at what we have and feel it won’t amount to much, or it won’t amount to anything at all? That is because we depend only upon ourselves. If you put God in the mix what miraculous things might happen?
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive my lack of faith and use me to your glory. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.