Don't forget the bread

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.
— Matthew 16:7 (NKJV)

I know what you’re thinking. 

Stu, that’s an odd verse to blog about 🤔

Okay so maybe I’m being just a little bit unfair to quote this without the surrounding context, but it’s not without reason. In the preceding verse Jesus warns his disciples to beware of the “leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees”. The lightning-fast minds of the disciples deduced that He was rebuking them for not bringing bread 🍞 

Exasperated, Jesus reminds them of the miracle of the five loaves feeding the five thousand, and the seven loaves feeding the four thousand, then goes on to explain He wasn’t referring to bread at all but of religious doctrine.

Here’s what I’m getting at. How many times have we found ourselves in need, and forgot that the last time we were there God brought us through it? That we focus on what we can’t see rather than the One who sees all and promises to meet all our need (Phil 4:19), to never leave us (Heb 13:5), to deliver us from traps of the enemy (Ps 91:3)?

Could it just be that God moves in such a supernaturally natural way that we sometimes miss it?

The Hebrew word for testimony simply means to “do again”. What God has done for us before He will do again. As you enter a new season or a new challenge, when you’re right there in the middle of it - unable to look back at where you started from or see far enough ahead where it will end, remember that God has already brought you through it. He did before and He will again. Testimony.

As we enter a brand new week remember: there will be bread enough for your every need, with basketfuls left over.