Why are you speaking about having no bread? Do you continue to not see or perceive? Are your hearts hardened? Do you’ve gotten eyes however fail to spot, and ears however fail to listen to? And do not you keep in mind?Mark 8:17b-18
On this sequence of questions, our Lord is suggesting for them, and for us, what to do once we get the non secular
blahs. One younger man got here to me and stated,
I am a graduate of a Bible faculty. I have been a Christian for numerous years. However I need to inform you that I really feel so blah, so empty. I’ve misplaced all curiosity in what God is doing, and I simply haven’t any need even to become involved in a Bible research anymore. What ought to I do? I had simply been finding out this passage, so I did what our Lord suggests on this passage with out telling this younger man what I used to be doing.
The very first thing the Lord suggests is to make use of your thoughts.
Do you not see or perceive? Cease and take into consideration the place you might be, about what is occurring to you, and why it occurred.
Analyze it. Learn what the Bible has to say about it. That’s what the thoughts is for. Examine the revelations of God to you. Use your thoughts.
Second, He asks,
Are your hearts hardened? That’s, analyze the state of your coronary heart. Are you uninteresting, or do you reply? Have you ever forgotten reality? As a result of if the center doesn’t reply to what the thoughts has understood, then it’s as a result of you haven’t actually believed it. You will have acknowledged mentally that it’s true, however you haven’t acted upon it. You don’t actually imagine God goes to do what He has stated He’ll do. That is at all times revealed by a uninteresting, unresponsive coronary heart. Fact at all times strikes us—once we imagine it. It at all times grips us and excites us. And if we aren’t excited, it’s as a result of the thoughts has grasped it however the coronary heart has not.
Jesus strikes on:
Do you’ve gotten eyes however fail to spot, and ears however fail to listen to? Jesus stated these phrases repeatedly to the individuals He taught, and every time He means the identical factor. Don’t simply have a look at the occasions you might be seeing and suppose that’s all there may be to it. It’s a parallel to one thing deeper and extra vital regarding your spirit. As these males had been being fed by the loaves and the fishes, He was saying to them,
Do not consider this merely as a approach of getting a great, fast, free meal. Keep in mind that I’m telling you that you’ve got a deeper want, a much more demanding want, which wants each day replenishment as nicely.
And at last,
Do not you keep in mind? Hasn’t God taught you issues up to now by means of your circumstances? Hasn’t He led you thru occasions which have made you perceive one thing about your life? Do you not keep in mind the instances He stated issues like that previously? Bear in mind them now, and acknowledge that you’re within the palms of a loving Father who has put you proper the place you might be to show you a really wanted reality.
Forgive me, Father, for the dullness of my coronary heart. Assist me to present myself day-after-day to this One who’s the bread despatched down from heaven.