Mar 8:18-20 – "…'And don't you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?' 'Twelve,' they replied. 'And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?' They answered, 'Seven'." (NIV)

Mar 6:52 – "For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened." (KJV)

At an inopportune time, Jesus asked his disciples to feed thousands of people, not once, but twice! To top it off, His challenge came when there wasn’t even enough provision for themselves. The feeding of the multitude is one of the noted miracles recorded in the New Testament.

It’s no small feat to feed thousands of people on two different occasions with only a sack lunch. If feeding them was not miraculous enough, there were leftovers. A LOT of leftovers! Every disciple took food home and ate from the miracle meal for a week.

Amazingly, it only took a few hours for God’s handiwork to lose its wonder. “Don’t you remember?” Jesus was puzzled they had forgotten the humongous miracle so soon. Forgetting what God did for them revealed their ungrateful hearts. Worse yet, disregard for it created a hard heart. “Are your hearts hardened?”

When we consider our present misery superior to God’s past miracle, our heart becomes calloused and hard. Focusing on what God isn’t doing, rather than what He has done, only serves to harden our heart and squash our faith.

Are you finances tight? Don’t you remember the last time God provided money for the utility bill, rent payment, and the kid’s school?

Are you lonely? Don’t you remember how the elderly in the nursing home would love your company? Visit them.

Lost your job? Don’t you remember how your last job fell into your lap after you diligently searched for work?

Have you been rejected? Don’t you remember how they rejected Jesus, but He overcame it with love?

When you’re trying to make headway and push through this life with the wind blowing in your face, remember the last miracle(s) God did. Consider what He did and what He’s doing. Stop focusing on what He hasn’t done and what He’s not doing.

Then, worship Him, out loud, with your whole being! Crazy worship! Tenacious worship! There’s no way to praise God and remain hard or bitter over your circumstances.

Remember your miracle of the loaves. Then your heart will be prepared to receive the next miracle God has in store for you.

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