First Words 8-8-22
“Then Jesus lifted up his eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward him, he said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?’…..” People were not an annoyance to Jesus… “they”… ”we” are why Jesus came. I am not sure what the disciples saw when the multitude came, but Jesus saw people with a need. God is all about meeting the needs of people. Humanity needed redemption - He sent a Redeemer. Here are just a few scriptures that affirm the fact that the Lord is concerned about and wants to meet our needs:
“Be not ye therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matthew 6:8)
“And the people, when they knew it, followed Him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.” (Luke 9:11)
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find Grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
On any given day…. on our best day: we are a needy people. The needs of those that serve in ministry go beyond utility bills, car notes and house payments. Those who serve in ministry live with the reality that what we have is never enough. Natural resources can never meet supernatural needs. Many people that walk through church doors today are dealing with addictions, adultery, abuse, divorce, custody issues, homosexuality and financial crises. In ministry, the need is great, but the supply is greater. He said He would supply all our need according to His riches in glory! He said if I would come boldly to His throne in the time of need, I would obtain mercy and grace/favor!
We are surrounded by a culture that is angry, conflicted and confused. But there is a God and an anointing that will calm fears, break addictions, and heals those wounded by life. If we will walk with God, believe, and act on His Word - He will flow through us to meet the needs of those we serve.