Matthew 15:33-37 ESV

“And the disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in such a desolate place to feed so great a crowd?” And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven, and a few small fish.” And directing the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish, and having given thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up seven baskets full of the broken pieces left over.

Sometimes the task of reaching such a lost and broken world can be incredibly overwhelming and frightening. Cancel culture bares its teeth and threatens us into silence, sin is being celebrated and many loved ones have walked away from truth. It’s devastating, and if we aren’t careful, we will begin to shrink back and quiet ourselves. We are living in desolate times. A place of loneliness, confusion and questions.

The disciples in the above scriptures ask in the literal sense where they will be able to find enough bread to feed the crowd. It was their own personal desolate place, and I imagine that they were quite perplexed and unsure in that moment. Their task was daunting, and impossible for them to accomplish on their own.

John 6:35 says this “Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”

Desolate places are sure to come, but Jesus is reminding us today that He is the bread of life, and He will always be found in the valley. Whatever you have need of, He can supply because HE is enough. We mustn’t allow ourselves to accept defeat in the valley. God’s silence does not mean His absence. In those trying, difficult times we must hold fast to hope and the truth that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Prayer: Today I choose to trust in You God, even in this valley. I am unsure of where You are leading me, but I know that I am safe in Your hands. Order my steps, light the way forward with Your word and show me which path to take.

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