(Matthew 15: 32) Then Jesus called his disciples and told them, “I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat. I don’t want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.”
Have you ever been so engrossed in what you were doing in the moment that you just forgot to eat? I certainly have. When it is something that’s interesting, important to me, or something that I just absolutely love, eating doesn’t really even cross my mind — nor does much else, for that matter. That’s the way our passions work. They completely engulf our lives.
Now, let’s translate that over into our spiritual lives. Have you ever been so immersed in Jesus, that you just forgot about yourself? Have you ever gotten so lost in His presence that all of your needs, every burden, all of the stuff just seemed to melt away from you?
Well, that’s what was happening with the multitudes of people who had come to see and listen to Jesus — to sit at His feet — simply because they wanted more of His presence! He had healed many of them from every sort of disease and affliction, and they were in such awe of His power and grace that they just wanted to continue to soak up every bit of His presence.
How much time do you spend just taking in His goodness? Is your prayer life a rushed spewing of needs, wants, burdens, and the general stuff of life? It’s time to get engrossed in Him — forget everything else for a while — never worrying about what you need to do tomorrow, or how your needs will be met. Sometimes pursuing Jesus means letting go of everything else for a time. It means trusting that He will provide — that He will minister to your needs before you ever even think to ask.
This crowd, no less than 4,000 people, did not have to ask Jesus for sustenance — He took pity on them and was overcome with compassion for their needs…and where there seemed to be no solution, He made a way.
Likewise, Jesus will never send you on your way hungry or lacking. When you have given yourself over to Him, when you have lost yourself in His presence — abandoning all other needs and desires just to be with Him and experience His glory — you will NOT walk away empty-handed.
(Luke 12: 29-31) 29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
Prayer: *Oh so sweet, to sit at Your feet, and tell You I love You so. Just to hear You say to me, “I’ll never, never leave You alone.” Jesus, my Jesus, Your love means so much to me. Jesus, my Jesus, Your love is all that I need. Amen.
* “Jesus, My Jesus” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir