February Readings #10

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Readings Feb. #10 : Matt. 14:1-21; Acts 20:1-12; Psalm 33; Ex. 27-29

In these opening verses of Matt. 14, we are met with two startling things. First,
the brutal, senseless murder of John the Baptizer. And second, Jesus’ acting in
the midst of His own grief over John’s death in His greatest miracle, feeding the 5
thousand. Both are worthy of a lot of thought and meditation – but the feeding
of the multitude captures my thoughts today, for we often think of God in very
narrow terms. I think many of us could confess that we do not think of God’s love
and grace in terms of lavishness and abundance – but we ought to. God is not
stingy. Paul alone uses the term “riches” to describe The Fathers’ abundant love,
mercy & grace 11 times in his letters: Rom. 2:4; 9:23; 11:33; Eph. 1:7; 1:18;
2:7; 3:8; 3:16; Phil. 4:19; Col. 1:27; 2:2. Beloved we aren’t barely saved.
Christ’s work at Calvary is exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or
think. He is not short on grace, or love, or forgiveness, or patience, or mercy for
any and all who come to Him in faith. There were only 5 thousand there that day.
Quietly and with no fanfare, He performed a creative act right in front of their
eyes – creating more bread and fish where none existed – and there were 12
baskets left over. Waste? No. Abundance. Overflow. Even when God acts in the
gentlest, sweetest way, He always has more strength than the task requires.
He always has more love than we can ever take in. He is full of grace and full of
mercy. And when an infinite being is “full”, it means there is no end. Think of Him
in these terms dear one. Not merely equal to your needs and desires, but He far
excels them all – with limitless, glorious abundance. Eph. 2:4 “But God, being rich
in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us.” Not the slight love
with which He loved us, but the GREAT love. Never forget it. God does not meet
us just barely – But He lavishes His love upon us.


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