Text: Matthew 15:29-39
For the glory of God to be known
For those who need healing
For those who are in a desert place in life
THIS STORY is another effort by the Word to instruct us regarding God’s power and glory. There is no hope for the gathered crowd to be fed in the desert. That is the significance of desert places—there are no resources there that can supply the human need. The first monks retreated from society to desert places precisely because they were empty, without any possible relief or comfort, including the comfort of community.
As before in the Scriptures, where God supplied the people’s needs during their long journey, so here Jesus, taking what is offered, makes abundance available in the desert.
Whenever we find ourselves in desert places, where things seem dry and inhospitable, look for the Lord! You will likely find him where people’s feet are being set right, where new vision is being provided, where mouths are now open for joy, and those who have been crushed by life are restored. You will find food that satisfies.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks