“And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you do not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember…do you not yet understand?” Mark 8:16-21
Not long before Jesus asked the disciples these questions, He had taken seven loaves of bread and a few fish and fed over four thousand people. It was a miracle. He created food before their eyes. Then, a short time later, the disciples are talking about not having any bread. Jesus couldn’t believe they would be discussing this as a problem. Had they already forgotten how He turned a few loaves and fish into food for thousands?
Remembering is important. If we don’t remember, we make the same mistakes over and over. If we don’t remember all God has done for us in the past, we doubt His provision for today.
I need to remember:
Remember how He rescued me from sin.
Remember how much He has forgiven me.
Remember how He called my heart when I was young.
Remember how He has always been there.
Remember His comfort in grief.
His love when I was in pain.
His faithfulness even when I was faithless.
Countless answered prayers.
The gift of my husband.
His grace shown in the miracle of our son’s adoption.
His living, active Word that teaches and guides me.
Remember the suffering that comes from rebellion.
Remember the emptiness of seeking for self.
Remember the joy of giving and serving.
Remember His kindness.
His mercy offered when I don’t deserve it.
Remember His promises.
Even though I never deserved it, He has been there loving me, waiting with open arms.
He says to me:
Don’t you understand?
I’ve never left you; I never will.
I died for you.
I took your sin and gave you My righteousness.
I called you. You are My sheep.
I will never turn you away and no one can take you out of My hands.
In the moments you are afraid.
When you feel the weight of your mistakes and failures.
When the suffering of the world is like a crushing weight.
When you feel like you’ve failed and you know you’ll never be good enough.
When you become aware that this world can never meet your expectations or fill the emptiness of your soul.
Remember, I AM sufficient.