Think about scenario and determine if this has happened to you. You are reading the Bible to learn something new or find something to take with you through your day. Instead, as you are reading, you are zapped right between the eyes by what comes out at you. You get the feeling you are being spoken too directly. Even more, you get the feeling you are being given a wake up call.
If you have experienced this type of situation, you know what I am talking about. I had such an experience the other day. I was listening to a speaker (Gary Keesee) and he provided the following verse from Mark 8:14-21. The context is this…In a short time Jesus has twice fed a crowd of thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and a handful of fish. He is with His disciples who are concerned about the lack of bread that they have. As he hears this conversation, Jesus prompts and challenges them. He basically says, “don’t you remember what just happened? Twice?” He then reminds them that, even though they only had the small amount to start with, they were able to feed thousands of people and have baskets full of leftovers after that. Then comes the question that not only zapped them between the eyes, but did so for me as I read it. “Do you still not understand?”
It’s a question I that I needed to hear. I believe in the power of positive thinking and share it here often. At the same time, I am human and still have my doubts sometimes. As I went through some doubt that day and went to God for help, this is what He reminded me. I felt Him asking me…”how many times in the past have I totally come through for you? How many times did you feel like you couldn’t do it, yet you relied on me and I took you where you needed to go? How many times have you seen me turn impossible into an accomplished miracle?”
I felt like I was being asked the same question. “Do you still not understand?” It was a great reminder of God’s power in my life. The Bible is full of great stories about how God performed miracles out of nothing or very little. It reminded me that God has done so much in my life. So much that I could never count.
I don’t believe God was trying to make me feel guilty. If you’ve experienced this same type of thing I assure you the same. I don’t think He ever wants to make us feel bad. Instead, I take it as a reminder of all God has done for me before, and is more than willing to do for me now and in the future. I share this reminder with you today. God can take your little, and make it an overflowing abundance. Simply offer it to Him, release it to His power, and allow Him to work in your life. You will soon see that you will be left with baskets full of overflowing abundance. Just have faith, do your small part, and watch what our great God can do. Enjoy the blessings :)