Summary: What is possible in each one of our futures? If we are willing to wait on God, it's more like what's not possible in each one of our futures!
He Will do it Again!
Isa. 40:31 NKJ
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
But teach me Lord, teach me Lord to wait!
When I read this verse, the way I take it is that it is coming from a point of need. And how if we're willing to bring our needs to the Lord and lay them at his feet. He shall refresh, renew and replace our need with His abundance of every good thing.
Thing is when we normally get to this place of tiredness, we normally feel like we have nothing left to give. By this point we normally have spent everything we have, we have exhausted all of the possibilities our understanding can comprehend.
But the thing is when you have a need and you expect God to work in your life and to answer that need. Whatever you have, in whatever state you are, you still have to give it over to God.
Mark 6:35-38 MSG.
35-36 When his disciples thought this had gone on long enough—it was now quite late in the day—they interrupted: “We are a long way out in the country, and it’s very late. Pronounce a benediction and send these folks off so they can get some supper.”
37 Jesus said, “You do it. Fix supper for them.”
They replied, “Are you serious? You want us to go spend a fortune on food for their supper?”
38 But he was quite serious. “How many loaves of bread do you have? Take an inventory.”
That didn’t take long. “Five,” they said, “plus two fish.”
Mark 8:1-5 MSG
1-3 At about this same time he again found himself with a hungry crowd on his hands. He called his disciples together and said, “This crowd is breaking my heart. They have stuck with me for three days, and now they have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they’ll faint along the way—some of them have come a long distance.”
4 His disciples responded, “What do you expect us to do about it? Buy food out here in the desert?”
5 He asked, “How much bread do you have?”
Both times the expectation was enormous. Both times what did he ask for from them? Both times what did they give Him? They gave Jesus what they had, right? What did they give to Him? A leftover, right? It wasn't a freshly prepared meal, it was a left over from a meal, right?
I once read the true story of a family that was sitting down at the dinner table for their evening meal. But one of the girls wasn’t happy because they were having leftovers, and she complained about it.
The dad was not happy about that and spent a few moments explaining to her that she needed to be more thankful for what she had. In order to make sure she understood his point, he decided that she should say grace and that her prayer should show her appreciation for what she had.
So she bowed her head and then prayed:
"Thank you for this food… again."
(Heather Marshall in R.Digest, 5/03)
So many times, were reluctant to give God what we have. Because we don't think God can take what we have and make it work for what we need! (Repeat)
It's at those times we need to be thankful for what we have, all the while willing to still give what we have so God can super naturally bless it and turn it into what we need!
It's not up to us to decide what God can do, or what He needs to work with as He is meeting the needs of His Children. The most important thing to note here is that when we give Him what we have and expect in faith. He is willing to do it for us as each need arises.
The fact that He is willing to do it again, you would think would be an easily learned lesson. When we read about the disciples and the heroes of the Bible, I think sometimes we like to think we would like to be more like them. But in essence we're not all that much different and in many ways we are just like them.
ILLUS: I once read about a minister's wife who was a wonder at conserving food and she rarely threw any of it away. At one meal she gave her husband nothing but leftovers and he was obviously not enthusiastic about it. He began to pick at the food and ate a little… but had not said grace yet.
His wife smiled sweetly at him and gently said, "Dear, you forgot the blessing."