Mark 8:14-21 “14 And they had forgotten to take bread, and did not have more than one loaf in the boat with them. 15 And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” 16 They began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 “HAVING EYES, DO YOU NOT SEE? AND HAVING EARS, DO YOU NOT HEAR? And do you not remember, 19 when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” 20 “When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said to Him, “Seven.” 21 And He was saying to them, “Do you not yet understand?””

How many times have your kids asked, “Mom (Dad), what’s for lunch?” They just assume, because you fed them breakfast, that there is more food coming. Right? They don’t even question the fact that you would let them go hungry.

Then tell me why the disciples got all worked up about not having enough bread on the boat. They had just seen him feed 5000 and then 4000. But now they were worried about lunch.

But before you get all spiritual and judge them, how many times have you questioned God’s provision in your life? We wring our hands when the checking account balance gets low or when we don’t see how we are going to pay that bill. We are just like the disciples. We question God’s ability to meet our needs.

The next time you are faced with that kind of situation, bring your kids in the room and share with them about the need. Then lead them in praying for that need. When the need is met, and it will be in His time, make sure they know how it was met. It may just surprise you how this will encourage them in their walk with Christ.


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