“Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up? They said to Him, “Twelve. Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?”And they said, “Seven.” So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?” Jesus, Mark 8:17-21
Its so easy to forget what God has done in our lives. How He has provided more than we need in so many various ways over the course of our lives. Each day brings a new set of circumstances and possible trials so we can often find ourselves not reflecting on those great provision moments, but instead going from peace to worry in a nanosecond. Jesus was trying to let His guys know they needed to watch out for the ‘leaven’ of the Pharisees and Herod. The leaven was a pinch of dough that was kept aside so it could be inserted into a new batch of dough so it would permeate the whole batch, causing it to rise. Jesus was simply saying watch out for these guys, their teaching, their desire for power, their wants to see signs, their religious attitude and how it will creep in and spread like that pinch of dough added. Jesus brought a humility that didn’t line up with them. The disciples, however, didn’t take it as a spiritual lesson, but rather a reminder that they forgot to bring a loaf of bread for their voyage! The problem with that is that Jesus had just fed the 5,000 people plus and the 4000 people plus with a few loaves and fish and still had plenty left over! How quickly they forgot that Jesus was capable of anything. It’s super easy for us to look at the disciples as completely lame, missing the obvious, but we, unfortunately, do the same thing. Have you ever wondered why Jesus allowed leftovers? Perhaps it was a message to us that nothing is too hard for Him and that He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. But, how soon we can forget too. Look back to your life and recount those God provision moments. Where He supplied your needs and more. Where you were blown away by how that check or cash showed up, how the friends were there in a time of need, how the baby was born healthy when they said he/she would not be, when the job you gained was so much better than your last one you lost, when the healing happened even though it was an impossible situation…I think you get the idea. You just have to be reminded. Think about it, write it down and fill in the blank of how God has provided over and above your needs. Then thank God for those incredible things and let His power and provision be your focus when a trial or problem hits your day. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Trust Him.