Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 14:1-21
It’s easy to compare ourselves to other people. We look at their possessions, their talents, their education, their family…and what we have doesn’t seem like much. And you know what…that just might be true. But that makes no difference to God. After all, in the first place, He made everything…from nothing. And if He can make all of creation from nothing…then He can take your nothing and make it into something.
- The question is not…“Can God do something with what I give Him?”
- The question is…“Will I give God what I have so that He can do something?”
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
Do you remember the movie, Back to the Future? Marty was the guy who rode around on his skateboard all of the time. He had a friend named Doc who was this kind of weird, genius mad-scientist. Not mad like angry, or crazy…well, maybe a little crazy. Anyhoo…Doc built a time machine. But what is funny is that he built it out of spare parts…an old car, used digital displays, and other stuff that he had lying around in his garage. Doc was able to take nothing…and make it into something amazing.
Patty and I have been to Israel several times. That’s where Jesus lived, and taught, and loved on people. It is so cool to go to places where Jesus actually went. One of my favorite places is a hillside on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. One day, a huge crowd had gathered there and Jesus was teaching them about God. After a while, He heard someone’s stomach growl. It doesn’t say that in the Bible…but believe me, if you have a huge crowd and they are sitting around all day long…someone’s stomach is going to growl. Well, they’d been there a while and they were getting hungry and sure enough…someone’s stomach growled. So, Jesus told His disciples to send the people into the surrounding villages to get something to eat. But they told Him that they were too far out in the country and were not near to any villages. Jesus then told them to go to the people and gather up as much food as possible…so that they could share it with each other. But all that they came back with was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. I guess the people just hadn’t thought about bringing something to eat when they left home that morning. Jesus did something amazing. He prayed and thanked God for the food. Then, He started handing it to the disciples and told them to start handing it out to the people. A strange thing happened. Every time that a disciple would give someone a slice of bread…another slice appeared. Every time they gave someone a piece of fish…another piece appeared. This happened over, and over, and over, and over. Until finally, everyone had plenty of food to eat and they had some left over. In fact, they had 12 baskets full of food left over. And get this…they fed over 5,000 men…plus women and children! That’s a miracle!
Sometimes we may not think that we have much to offer God. It may seem too small, or not good enough, or not important…like just few pieces of bread and a couple of fish. We may compare what we have to what other people have…and it doesn’t seem to be as much. Or, we may compare what we can do to what other people can do…and it doesn’t seem to be as good. But none of that matters to God. If God can take 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish…and feed over 5,000 people with it…then He can take whatever you have and work a miracle with it, as well. God can use anything and everything that you offer Him. Someone has said, “God doesn’t need our ability, but our availability.” If we will offer it to Him…God will take our nothing and make it into something amazing! What can you offer to God, today?
Love you more than bunches and bunches,