When Moses met God in the desert, Moses possessed very little in material goods. About the only thing he had were the clothes on his back and a common shepherd’s staff. However, the staff was really all God needed. In the days that followed, Moses saw God energize his staff to defy a king and divide a sea. This reminds us that if we are willing to submit to God’s leadership, God can use the most common things in our lives as a means of expressing His divine power.
In John 6, the beloved apostle tells that on one occasion, with a few loaves and two fish, Jesus fed more than five thousand people. As the dinner hour approached, Jesus suggested to the disciples that the time had come to feed the hungry crowd. The disciples could not see how that could be done. Fearing that the incident might make Jesus look bad, they suggested that the crowd be sent away (Matt. 14:15). When it was obvious that Jesus was not going to leave, a small boy offered his lunch, which consisted of five barley loaves and two fish. Although the boy did not have much, it was all that Jesus needed to feed the multitude. A miracle took place that day, and when all had been fed, “They gathered them up, and filled 12 baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, which were left over by those who had eaten” (John 6:13). Yes, God is able to take what we have and use it for much good.
There are times that we feel that we have nothing to offer that could make a difference in the lives of others. What about a cheery smile to brighten up a day for an elderly person who is confined to home or hospital. We all have something we can use to express our love for the lonely and shut-ins. You don’t have to look for it because it should be within you to love God and your neighbors if you are a Christian.
What have you done lately to cheer or help somebody in need?
While local and international agreements are necessary, and while means of enforcement of law are imperative to local society and to the world, the great problems of human relations will never be solved by rules, resolutions, or any other purely human device. They will be solved when the people of the world love God and love each other with that love which redeems intelligence and gives direction to all of human life.
So as you prepare for life be sure, be very sure that you include these two commandments: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” If you do this, Jesus says, “Thou shalt live.”
Thank God for Jesus who came, completed His mission, suffered, bled and died to show us the way of salvation. We that follow His teachings are saved by His blood.
“What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer
Oh, what peace we often forfeit
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.”