16Rejoice always, 17pray continually, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NIV)
Every day we have a choice, a semblance of choices. We can choose God’s will or our own. Not choosing God’s way, can be a sense of duty … another’s opinion … our own selfish desires. Whatever we choose sets the tone and trajectory for life continuing.
We can choose His way, consistently and reach our destination quickly and with ease. Or we can waver and be confused, and not really seem to ever go anywhere. Lastly, we can rebel, and run in any direction except God’s will. When we do this, sometimes God comes after us and we get aligned … and sometimes the rebellion is strong that it leads to death.
Always, always choose what is right. Choose to do what is best in His eyes. As I learned as a young child….God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. He is everywhere, knows everything and is all-powerful. It’s kind of irrational to go any way, except His way! 😉
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
Some verses about God’s will for us : Bible Hub #beencouraged!
But the disciples had forgotten to bring any food. They had only one loaf of bread with them in the boat.
Mark 8:14 (NLT)
Earlier in this same chapter (also see Compassion post), Jesus fed 4000 with 7 loaves of bread and a few small fish that He blessed.
Later, Pharisees come …testing and pushing Him to do a miracle. Jesus and the disciples get in the boat to leave.
Then the disciples are hungry because they forgot bread. So they are arguing and complaining and Jesus starts to remind them (basically) of the things they should be thinking on…not arguing about bread.
Jesus says: “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all? 19When I fed the 5,000 with five loaves of bread, how many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?”
“Twelve,” they said.
20“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
“Seven,” they said.
21“Don’t you understand yet?” he asked them.
How many times do we look at our lives, and complain about the bread instead of noticing … maybe the sunset …or the people around us… or any of the things that have shown God’s real and living hand amongst us. God is alive and well! How many people are living in a world where they have no understanding of that…let alone any direct fellowship with Him!