Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 27, 2018

“My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 9:12-17.

“Now the day was ending, and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat;  for here we are in a desolate place.”  But He said to them, “You give them something to eat!”  And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.”  (For there were about five thousand men.)  And He said to His disciples, “Have them sit down to eat in groups of about fifty each.”  They did so, and had them all sit down.  Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.  And they all ate and were satisfied;  and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.”  Luke 9:12-17.

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Jesus presented more than “just” a miracle.  Jesus also applied a Scriptural principle that He presented in the previous chapter.  “So take care how you listen;  for whoever has, to him more shall be given;  and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”  Luke 8:18.             

By nature, we are consumers.  We consume and also waste the little that we have.  We are like the one in the preceding Scriptural principle who does not have, and even what he thinks he has is taken away from him.

But, there is hope!

There is God’s grace.  By God’s grace, He changes us from being consumers to being receivers (and even more, God also changes us so that we are givers).  God gives us all that we need for “soul and body” as we learned from Heidelberg Catechism in yesterday’s devotion.  By God’s grace, although the disciples only had five loaves and two fish, God blessed and multiplied those five loaves and two fish, and the disciples were not only able to give them to satisfy the hunger of five thousand hungry men, the disciples had twelve baskets full of left-overs.  “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”  2 Corinthians 9:8.

“8 O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the LORD, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.”  Psalm 34:8-10.

“11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”  Psalm 84:11-12.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 9:32.

“…  My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, …”  Psalm 23:5-6.


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