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Don’t You Remember?

August 19, 2023

Mark 8:19
When I broke the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They told him, “Twelve.”

I’m sure most of you have heard the two stories of Jesus feeding the 5,000 and the 4,000.  He had a few fish and some bread which would have been impossible to feed this many people and yet they ate until they were full.  These miracles were performed to confirm the accuracy and authority of His message.  But this devotional is not about either of these miracles.  You see, in Mark 8 verse 14, the disciples forgot to pack bread to take with them on their travels and this was directly after the feeding of the 4,000.  Jesus mentions “yeast” or “leaven” and the disciples began discussing their forgetfulness. They think Jesus might be rebuking them for forgetting bread. The point is that Jesus had just provided bread out of a few loaves for 4,000 men, which did not include women and children, and the disciples were really worried about their bread situation.  He lightly rebukes His disciples by asking the question, “And do you not remember.” 

Isn’t it so like us humans to forget.  When God is blessing us and life is good, we have a bounce in our step and a smile on our face.  The moment we have some troubles, we can’t seem to remember the last time God blessed us.  You see, I am sharing with you from personal experience.  When the going gets tough, I have a hard time remembering who God is and all the things He has done for me.  I begin to concentrate on all my troubles and lose sight of God’s greatness.  The fact that my future is secure and wonderful means very little to me in a difficult trial.  This is a very bad and destructive habit.  It is one we all must overcome. I feel like, in tough times, Jesus is speaking to me and saying, “and do you not remember.”  Don’t you remember when I saved your soul?  Don’t you remember when I protected you in that car accident?   Don’t you remember when I healed your friend?  Don’t you remember that you are a child of God?  You fill in the blanks.  It is easy to forget what God has done for us.  My encouragement for you today is to practice reminding yourselves daily who you are and the blessed hope you have in Jesus Christ.  Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us.  We are never alone.  Try not to have a short memory about the privilege it is to be a child of God.  Sing it to yourself, especially during times of trial and tribulation! 

Dave F. 

   ‘69 / ‘76 / Egg Harbor Twp   NJ

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