It may be shallow of me, but there are times when I am comforted by the fact that I am not the only one with certain flaws. It’s nice to know that I am not the only crazy one in the world who makes certain mistakes. Is that true of you too?
Here is one that I found comforting while reading through Matthew. Jesus and his disciples were having a conversation. Of course, the disciples missed something that Jesus was saying, and they got worried. They thought he was rebuking them for forgetting to pack supplies for a trip. The Savior, of course, was talking about something completely different.
But in that exchange, there is a failing that the disciples have that I think we often have too. Look at the story, and see if you can find yourself in it.
Matthew 16:5-12 – 5 When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6 Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 7 And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.” 8 But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? 9 Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered? 11 How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
For the purposes of this post alone, don’t think about the religious implication of the Pharisees and Sadducees here. Instead, look at the other failing of the disciples. They were worried about their bread supply. This worry comes even though the disciples have twice seen Jesus miraculously feed crowds of thousands with only food enough to feed one or two people. They have seen Jesus’ power. They have seen Jesus’ kindness. They have seen Jesus’ provision. But, when they are looking at a potential lack, they forget.
Forgetting the great faithfulness and provision of the Lord is something that I think is a common Christian failing. It is an ugly one, to be sure, but it is common. For some reason, we can see that the Lord provides for us at points in our lives. WE can rejoice in that provision. We can even tell others about the great faithfulness and power of God. But when the next struggle comes, if we are not careful, we will look like the faithless disciples wondering if we are going to go hungry.
Dear friends, let us not be like the disciples here. Let us not be like we often are. Instead, let us remember the faithfulness of god in the past. Let us remember his promises in his word. Let us remember how he has always cared for us. And let us trust the Savior, knowing that he will always accomplish his will in our lives for his glory and our good.