22nd AUGUST, 2021
“And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.” [Matthew 14:19 NIV]
What is your first line of action when you have a pressing need? When you’re scraping for scarce resources where much is needed, what attitude do you have? We often grumble and complain, become impatient, and do all we can to protect ‘the little’ we have. Rarely does it cross our minds to give thanks to God when we have an urgent need.
In Matthew 14, Jesus teaches us a very important lesson on thanksgiving when he feeds 5000 men with 5 loaves of bread and two fish. That little meal was no fit for the 5000 hungry men (not counting women and children) looking up to Jesus to be satisfied. But Jesus in a very calm and collected fashion asked that these hungry men stay put and not be driven away. Jesus then gave thanks for the little that he had in His hands and it was multiplied to feed the multitude.
A thankful spirit represents an expression of faith in God’s faithfulness in meeting our needs. A thankful tongue will always testify about God’s goodness. Even in dire circumstances, we must not stop declaring God’s praises and recounting His goodness to us in times past. Instead of complaining, if we focus on maintaining an attitude of gratitude, we will experience His miraculous power in every situation.
Our Father specialises in exceeding the expectations of His beloved children. Every so often, when we have come to the end of ourselves, our gratitude is just what may facilitate the miracle we seek. Remember to choose gratitude even when you’d rather grumble. God will show Himself faithful. He is the God of multiplication.
Thank You, Lord, that You are more than able to meet all my needs. Help me to trust You even in life’s toughest moments. May I always have a heart of gratitude before You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Hebrews 13:15
Bibel In One Year: Hosea [3–6]
The excitement for Saved2Serve 2021 is getting higher and the fire is blazing hotter🔥🔥🤭
Saturday, 4th September 2021
Charismatic Evangelistic Ministries (CEM), North Legon.
Can’t wait to see y’all. S2S is almost here‼️☺️🔥