Focus Moment – 3/24/17

Silence and Centering

“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)

Confession:

Gracious God, we’ve gathered this morning seeking forgiveness for the sins we’ve committed in our lives and to hear Your words of pardon and grace. We’ve fallen short of Your expectations for us. We’ve failed to be the people that You’ve called us to be in Your Word, and to love those around us in the manner that You have called us to love.

We have insisted on doing things our way instead of trusting You and following where You would lead us. Like the criminal on the cross, help us to recognize that even though we deserve to pay for our sins, it’s because of the sacrifice of Your Son that forgiveness can be ours. So now, we ask You, Lord, to grant us that forgiveness and to create in us a new heart willing to be faithful in all that we say and do. We ask these things in the Name of Your Son, and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 (NKJV)

One of the most quoted miracles of Jesus’ ministry was when he fed 5000 men, not including women and children.  Some commentators have estimated there may have been between 15-20 thousand people who were fed by five loaves of bread and two small fish. What is interesting to me is how Jesus used this seemingly impossible situation to strengthen His disciple’s faith, all while testifying of His deity to those who were being fed.

So here’s how it went. Jesus and His disciples were out on the east side of the Sea of Galilee, where a multitude of people had followed Him there because they saw His signs, which He performed on those who were diseased (John 6:2). Jesus lifts up His eyes and turns to Philip and says, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” Jesus asked him this to test the disciples in the face of a seemingly impossible situation. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” (John 6:7)

What’s interesting to me is these disciples were the same guys whom Jesus had just sent out over the previous six months, and who were empowered to do many miracles themselves (Matt. 10:7-8), and yet they all faltered in their faith (Luke 9:12). I believe they began to doubt because they were focusing on what was lacking rather than focusing on the One who could provide completely. I like to say it this way—when we focus on our problem, it becomes bigger, and God becomes smaller. But if we focus on God then He will become bigger, and our problem will become smaller! Instead of becoming dejected by focusing on what we don’t have, we should always be looking joyfully to our Lord for our provisions

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

I think it is very important for us to guard ourselves from limiting God in what He wants to do, all because of our limited resources, capabilities, or personal beliefs. God wants to strengthen us in our faith, and it will usually happen when we come to the end of our own resources and abilities. When we find ourselves here, we would be wise to look to the One who shall supply all our needs. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn about trusting God in every situation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust Your Lord in everything?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s not pick and choose when we will trust God—let’s simply trust Him at all times.

 MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your abundant provisions and protection. I am sorry for the times when I have not trusted, but have instead doubted. Help me to remember this story when I am facing seemingly impossible situations. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.

Devotional By Scott Wright 

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