Power and Compassion

“Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way” (Matthew 15:32).

Jesus was saying here, “I’m going to do more for the people than heal them. I’m going to make sure they have enough bread to eat.  I’m concerned about everything that affects their lives. You have to see that I am more than just power. I am also compassion. If you see me only as a healer, a miracle worker, you will fear me. But if you also see me as compassionate, you will grow to love and trust me.”

I am writing this message for all who are on the brink of exhaustion, about to faint, overwhelmed by your present situation. You have been a faithful servant, feeding others, confident that God can do the impossible for his people. Yet you have some lingering doubts about his willingness to intervene in your struggle.

I wonder how many readers of this message have spoken words of faith and hope to others who were facing distressing, seemingly hopeless situations? You urged them, “Hold on! The Lord is able. He is a miracle-working God, and his promises are true. So, don’t lose hope, because he is going to answer your cry.”

Not too long ago, the Lord asked me, “Do you really believe in miracles?” I was a little taken aback, and answered, “Yes, of course, Lord. I believe in every miracle I have read about in Scripture.” But that answer wasn’t good enough. The Lord’s question to each one of us really is, “Do you believe I can work a miracle for you?” Ooh. That’s tougher. But he isn’t talking about just one miracle, but a miracle for every crisis, every situation we face. We need more than Old Testament miracles, New Testament miracles, and by-gone miracles in history. We need up-to-date, personal miracles that are designed just for us and our situation.

Think of the one difficulty you are facing right now, your greatest need, your most troubling problem. You have prayed about it for so long, do you still believe the Lord can and will work it out, in ways you can’t conceive? That kind of faith commands the heart to quit fretting or asking questions. It tells you to rest in the Father’s care, trusting him to do it all in his way and time.

So that is a question only you can answer, but I encourage you to find the answer and talk to the Lord about it. He will help you resolve the problem. That’s when the abundance will flow on your behalf.

Doulos Studies

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