Daily Devotional

With Jesus, Yet Hungry

by Simon Whitton

1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said,
2 "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.
3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance."
4 His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?"

Mark 8:1-4 (NIV)

Sometimes we are inclined to believe that if we are doing God's will, and Jesus is with us, then God will instantly provide for us.  Let's read some of the above scripture again:

they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.
If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way

Mark 8:2b-3a (NIV)

These people had been with Jesus for three days, and were hungry.  Despite Jesus' constant presence with them, during which time He performed many miracles, He had allowed them to go hungry.  Three days without food is not a really long time, but it is long enough that it causes discomfort and weakness.

God allows limited pain and deficiency in our lives.  But this will ultimately bring glory to God.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)

Perhaps you are suffering in some way.  Maybe there is an area of weakness in your life, a problem with your health, or finances.  This does not mean that Jesus is not with you.  But it's when you go without, when you are hurting or in difficulty, that He has the most compassion for you.  Jesus does not want you to reach the point of collapse; He will allow you to suffer for a season, but then He will miraculously provide for you.

True comfort is found in your relationship with Jesus.  Get comfort from knowing that He is with you, He has compassion for you, and is able to completely provide for you, however remote your situation appears to be.

Spend some time praying, and thank Him that He is with you, and cares for you. Lift any needs you have before Him, knowing that despite a period of famine, He is able to provide.  If you are aware of a need in someone else's life, pray that they will find comfort and provision.

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