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Spiritual Amnesia

Daily Reading: Mark 8

Scripture Focus: Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? (Mark 8.17-18)

Devotional Thought: Jesus just fed four thousand people with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish. Everything had gone well, and there was food left over. If you had seen that miracle like the disciples did, would you ever worry about food again? I mean, hanging out with Jesus is a guaranteed meal! But just a short time later, Jesus challenged his disciples to go deeper spiritually. Having just had an argument with the Pharisees, he wanted to make sure the disciples did not buy into their false gospel. It was bad yeast that could ruin a whole batch of dough.

Did the disciples get it? Nope. They had spiritual amnesia. They were thinking about lunch!

Talk about being on the wrong track. The disciples worried more about their temporal and physical needs instead of their eternal and spiritual needs. Not only did they have amnesia about the feeding of the five thousand and the four thousand but they were worried about having snacks for a boat ride!

God has already provided for our temporal needs. We do not need to worry about those needs being met. He’s got it all covered. We don’t need to worry about what we will eat and what we will wear. When we are worrying about temporal things, we can miss the eternal truths and spiritual warnings that God is trying to show us. My dad always told me, "We need to keep the main thing the main thing."

Let’s not worry about bread, and where to get more, when we have the Bread of Life in the boat with us.

-Cheryl Young

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to remember that you are the Bread of Life and that you take care of all of our needs; spiritual, physical, and emotional. We praise you today. Amen

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 6.1-5

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long?

4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?

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