“Then he instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds” (Matthew 14:19, New English Translation). Matthew 14:13-21 relates the familiar story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five small loaves of bread and two little fish. We may even consider this a “kid’s story” because we learned it as a child in Sunday school. While it teaches a great lesson for children, it also…
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, New King James Version). One of the unpleasantries of summertime travel is the detours around road repairs. Oh, road repairs are necessary, but who has time to sit in long lines of slow traffic as we work our way around plastic cones and various pieces of construction equipment. Not me! One summer my route to work was blocked for several weeks as the city replaced…
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;” Ecclesiastes 9:10, KJV
I recently dreamed that I was trying to play a song on the keyboard for my son-in-law to sing. Now I don’t even know how to turn a keyboard on, let alone play anything on it. If course, if I had the music in front of me, I might be able to pick out the top line and give him a key to sing it in, but that is the extent of my musical ability.
As I pondered on this dream, I realized that when my daughter was little, I had a good job and was able to pay for her to have piano lessons. Now she is an accomplished pianist and is very capable to accompany her husband as he sings. That was my contribution to help her develop her musical ability.
God gives each of us different gifts, skills and abilities. All He asks is that we give ourselves completely to Him, and use those talents wisely. He knows the future and will direct our steps. He only expects us to use what He has given us.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you look at us all as individuals, you know the gifts and talents that you have given us, and we desire to give them all back to you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston