Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Suffering (Part 45)
Jesus, aware of this, said, 'You men of little faith, why do you discuss among yourselves that you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets full you picked up? Or the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many large baskets full you picked up?'
Matthew 16:8-10 (NASB)
As I enter into my senior years, I'm realizing some advantages. One of the best is an increased boldness: speaking the truth straightforwardly--without regard to political correctness. But I've also discovered a challenge: forgetting things I used to remember.
I like to think I didn't much need them: that God is trimming the unimportant. Still, on one thing believers must agree: forgetfulness about the things of God is an invitation to suffering. So why do we forget God and His works?
Like His chosen people in Exodus, forgetting the parting of the Red Sea or the plagues they saw, but did not suffer.* Or the faithful disciples of Jesus forgetting He fed the five thousand, when a time came to feed four thousand more.** Yet Jesus pardoned their forgetfulness.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your appearances in media are reminders of the Lord you serve. While some may meet Him for the first time, others, who are forgetful Christians, need to remember Who their Boss is. As culturally relevant stars, you can encourage them to do so.
Because Christ is radically new, those who serve Him must now become news. Because Satan pumps forgetfulness with make-believe stars pretending fun, you have a mandate and commission to carry the King to center stage.
So, 'Exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today,' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin' (Hebrews 3:13).
To Be Continued...
* 'Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe' (Jude 1:5).
** The Feeding of the 5000 (in Matthew 14:13-21): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+14:13-21
** The Feeding of the 4000 (in Matthew 15:29-39): https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2015:29-39
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.