Devotion and Prayer for Week of August 3, 2014

Meditation for the Week of August 3, 2014

  

“Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”     Matthew 14:19-21

 

Part of the fall into sin is the curse placed on Adam: “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” (Gen. 3:19). There are times when this curse stings us sharply. We all must work in order to get our food, whether it’s the farmer who labors over their patch of land or the company owner who tends to his business. We all must work for our bread. That’s the way of life in this world of sin and hunger.

Then Jesus comes along. He sees the people gathered around Him and He has compassion for them. He knows the pangs of their empty stomachs as they sit by the sea to hear Him preach. But this isn’t a compassion that just sits there, feeling bad for someone. Instead, He does something. He takes the small scraps of food there—five loaves and two small fish—and He blesses the food so that it would feed the crowd of over five thousand men. These people didn’t have to earn their bread by the sweat of their face. Rather, they received it free of charge, without money and without price.

That’s how Jesus operates. He loves to give things freely. He doesn’t stop with the crowds around the Sea of Galilee. He gives things freely to us. He pours out all that we need for this body and life and everything that we’ll need in the life to come. He pays the price for all the good gifts that our Father gives us.

Without Jesus, we could only expect to receive punishment and curses. But because Jesus has covered our sins with His blood on the cross, now we can pray to our heavenly Father for all that we need. We can look to Him for mercy and compassion when we’re in any need. We know that because Jesus has paid the price for everything with His life, death, and resurrection. He will provide everything that we truly need, even if it’s not in the way that we expect.

In Jesus, because of what He did for us on the cross, the curse that was placed on Adam in being put into reverse. We will always feel the effects of sin in our fallen world, but we know that our sin has been paid for and that no matter what happens—hunger, thirst, sickness, and even death—that Jesus has compassion and delivers us from every danger. He brings us out of the curse of sin and into the blessings of life with Him.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to realize all the free gifts you give me in this life and in the life to come. Help me to always receive these gifts with thanksgiving. Continue to grant me all that I need to support this body and life and bring me at last the heavenly banquet where I will never hunger or thirst again. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.