Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/25/2021

Today please be in prayer for

Cheney, KS UMC
Wichita West District
Clearwater, KS UMC
Milton UMC
Wichita West District
Coats: Grace UMC
Glendale UMC
Lake City UMC
Wichita West District
Corbin UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 6:1-21

After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea). A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. It was nearly time for Passover, the Jewish festival.

Jesus looked up and saw the large crowd coming toward him. He asked Philip, “Where will we buy food to feed these people?” Jesus said this to test him, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “More than a half year’s salary worth of food wouldn’t be enough for each person to have even a little bit.”

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, “A youth here has five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that for a crowd like this?”

Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass there. They sat down, about five thousand of them. Then Jesus took the bread. When he had given thanks, he distributed it to those who were sitting there. He did the same with the fish, each getting as much as they wanted. When they had plenty to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather up the leftover pieces, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves that had been left over by those who had eaten.

When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world.” Jesus understood that they were about to come and force him to be their king, so he took refuge again, alone on a mountain.

When evening came, Jesus’ disciples went down to the lake. They got into a boat and were crossing the lake to Capernaum. It was already getting dark and Jesus hadn’t come to them yet. The water was getting rough because a strong wind was blowing. When the wind had driven them out for about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water. He was approaching the boat and they were afraid. He said to them, “I Am. Don’t be afraid.” Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and just then the boat reached the land where they had been heading.

Today's Devotional

It is a familiar story for many Christians. Jesus’ feeding of the multitude is recorded in one form or another in all four gospels. It is, in fact, the only miracle that is recorded in all four gospels. But do you know that there is a similar story recorded in 2 Kings? That story involves the prophet, Elisha.
2 Kings 4:42-44 (CEB)
4:42 A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, "Give it to the people and let them eat."
4:43 But his servant said, "How can I set this before a hundred people?" So he repeated, "Give it to the people and let them eat, for thus says the LORD, 'They shall eat and have some left.'"
4:44 He set it before them, they ate, and had some left, according to the word of the LORD.
Earlier this year I took on the role of coordinating meals for a local nonprofit that provides a meal as a part of the weekly meeting. Various churches and organizations have partnered with us for years to provide those weekly meals. However, as with everything else, the pandemic played havoc with us and our meal providers. The request for organizations to choose the dates they would provide a meal went out in October – and then we had to shut down for several more months. As we prepared to reopen in the spring my calendar of providers was very blank! But, when I sent out another request, the responses began trickling in. Week after week was requested until the calendar from June through December is nearly filled by these partners in our mission. And I am still receiving inquiries.
As those responses came through, I began to see, once again, how well God provides for our needs when we trust in the goodness of God. Elisha gave that assurance to the man brining the first fruits, just as Jesus gave the same assurance when five loaves and two fish did not appear to be enough to feed thousands of people. Yet, the little that humans provided for the needs of many were made more than sufficient by God’s goodness. That continues to be the case.
As I face 4-5 weeks between now and the end of the year that have no specified meal provider at present, I am not concerned. I trust that God will provide for our needs through the goodness of our partners as those weeks draw closer. God is good and God’s goodness endures.
                                                                                                --Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Keep us mindful, Holy One, that your goodness and generosity knows no bounds. Where we see little, you provide enough. Help us to trust that you always will. Amen.


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