Posted on 09 Jul 2015 06:57

Friday, May 8, 2015


Mark 8:17 - 21(NIV)

17.Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them:“Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?

18. Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?

19. When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied.

20. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.”

21. He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

The text records the second time that Jesus has performed this kind of miracle in front of his disciples, the people following Him and those who oppose Him. The Pharisees, who made up the main force of our Lord’s opposition, were unbelieving and hard-hearted to such an extreme that they could not see or appreciate the spiritual or physical miracles. Instead, they insisted that Jesus give them a sign. And the interesting thing about this is that Jesus did not rebuke them or try to reason with them. But rather, He allowed them to make their own choice – to believe or not believe.

Sometimes on our journey, we have to deal with folk who display those same types of attitudes – the same doubting and skepticism. Very often these people have seen the Lord perform miracles in your life but they still harass you and want you to prove yourself. They might have even been a partaker of the blessings that Jesus miraculously provided for you but they are still skeptical.

Well beloved, it is not your responsibility to change them or reason with them… that responsibility belongs to the Lord. It is our responsibility to live in His power and presence, and to continue in His will. We never have to defend God or the fact that God uses us. We do however; have to keep praying for them. And when the struggles come, just ask the Lord to give you understanding, for He will continue to provide for you both spiritually and physically.

God bless you is my prayer!!!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

I refuse to let scared, unbelieving and uncooperative folk hinder me from trusting God. I'm going to pray for them and keep on moving! What about you HCBC? - jmw

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