I remember in seminary when the feeding of the 5000 was the topic of the session. For me, this was a miracle, performed by Jesus, to accomplish at least two things: first was to meet the physical needs of those who had come to him for healing and teaching and second, to teach the disciples that nothing is beyond the ability of their master. It never ceases to amaze me how people feel the need to dismiss this event by explaining it away. The question I always ask those who do is, “Why do you feel the need to put God in a box?”
The God I serve is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). In the beginning he created all things and today he is still able to create, recreate and renew. As another pastor said on Tuesday, “Miracles happen every day; all we have to do is look and believe.” Yes, God chooses to work through his people to feed the poor, clothe the naked and house the homeless. We are God’s people working in his kingdom. The miracle is he’s able to soften our hearts to accomplish his will. Does that make it any less of a miracle?
Prayer: Father in heaven, soften our hearts and enable us to do your work and will in your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.