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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Don’t Forget About The Father While Factoring The Future


Matthew 16 tells of a quarreling time among the disciples. They’d just crossed to the other side of the lake only to discover that they forgot the food.


I find it kinda funny that they panicked about it, forgetting that Jesus had JUST miraculously fed the 5,000 with 5 loaves of bread & then ANOTHER 4,000 with 7 loaves! It’s so easy to forget what our God can do when a very real need presents itself, right?


They’d just witnessed Jesus give sight to the blind, strengthen the legs of the lame, give words to those who couldn’t speak & healing to the crippled. It was such an astounding event that “The crowd was amazed!”


It’s so easy to stand in awe when we witness the awesomeness of our good God. Sustaining that wonder can be difficult, however, when the mundane things of life settle & surround you.


The guys simply forgot the bread.They became laser focused on the need & bickering broke out, no doubt blaming each other for forgetting.


I picture Jesus a little flabbergasted in the moment when He says, ”You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread? Didn’t I just feed the 5000…?”


I sometimes wonder if He’s like that with me when I’m in panic mode about provision.😳


Current circumstances scream that our family may have a pretty big squeeze in our finances over the coming months.


This morning I began strategizing how to cut costs & pull back on our budget. It is wise & good to plan ahead, but sometimes I do so while forgetting to factor in the faithfulness of our Father Who owns cattle on 1,000 hills.😬


I sense Him not so much flabbergasted with my forgetfulness, but rather yearning for me (& you) to remember His nature & name. He is Jehovah Jireh, our God Who Provides & never leaves our side! Our faith need not falter when we remember the multiple times He’s revealed His faithfulness in tangible & awe-inspiring ways!


Father, we are all in need of something at any given point in time, but our biggest need is to remember You.Thank you for this tangible example of how everyday needs can distract us from our Savior Who is ever with us. We entrust our very real needs unto Your care & ask for wisdom on Your best Way forward.



GENESIS 48:1-49:33

MATTHEW 15:29-16:12

PSALM 20:1-9

PROVERBS 4:20-27



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