In Mark 8 God through Mark records Jesus’ feeding of the 4,000, Pharisees seeking a sign, the disciples lack of faith, the healing of a blind man, Peter’s confession of Christ and Jesus’ reminder of the cost of following Him. The sobering thing that stands out to me is the disciples lack of faith or lack of understanding. It says that they were in a boat and did not have more than one loaf with them. They began to discuss that they had no bread. Jesus asks them why they were discussing this. Was it a lack of understanding or hardness of heart? Jesus reminds them of the feeding of the 5,000 and the feeding of the 4,000 that had just happened. Even with these amazing miracles they had witnessed, they still did not get it. In the midst of their circumstance they focus on the circumstance and not on Jesus who could easily provide for them. They had seen him proved for thousands and had seen His power over all creation, yet they still worried. Lord, I confess that I all to often focus on the circumstances instead of Jesus. By Your grace, help me focus on Jesus and not my circumstances, no matter how difficult they may be.
– Bryan McKenzie