The time is now past
Send the multitude away
That they may go into the villages
Buy themselves victuals
May 14 was a delightful day for both Joe and I. As we sat on the church pews, waiting for our turn to minister together in word and song to the congregation, a young man read from Matthew 14:15.
“And when it was evening, his disciples came to him saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.”
This verse has continued to come to me strongly quite often since the month of April. I do believe that God has been saying something to me and I must listen. Let’s unpack this treasure together a bit more.
- Desert place
- The time is now past
- Send the multitude away
- That they may go into the villages
- Buy themselves victuals
John, the friend of Jesus, has just been beheaded. Jesus is going to the desert to just have some quiet time. Can’t the multitudes just give Him a break? No, they wont. Multitudes know no quiet. They follow him regardless. However, it doesn’t matter how tired and sad He is after hearing of John, He still has compassion on the multitude. He heals their sick, but the disciples have more to say as usual.
They blurt out with uncased feelings:
“Master, we are tired, this place is not so promising. We have no more time to care for these. Remove the multitude of problems. Let them find their own solutions and may be, may be as they buy themselves victuals (food and drink), their problems will be solved.”
DON’T THESE FOLKS JUST REMIND YOU ABOUT US?
Often times we are faced with multitudes. It is our response to the multitudes, not the reality of their existence that matters.
- Do we see depleted resources, the empty coffers, the barren womb, the poor grades, the fatal illness; the relationship on the verge of collapse?
- Do we fear that the resources cannot be revived; they are insufficient, the coffers cannot have new sets of keys, the barren wombs are too old for first fruits that are fresh, the brain cannot fathom new knowledge, the diagnosis of sickness is beyond and we embrace the doctor’s limited view? Do we anticipate revenge for our sour relationships?
- Do we ask for bigger salaries and forget to pray for wisdom to use the small one wisely? Do we ask for full coffers when filling them would only result in empty hearts because we do not yet know the joy of giving the little that is much as we receive it from heaven? Do we pronounce the wombs dead and call the bearers names because in our eyes they have failed a whole generation? Do we long for poor grades to be replaced with good ones when yet we refuse to rely upon the Source of all Wisdom? Do we shout for healing mercies when the light given us for obedience to natural law is slighted; we refuse to walk in it and those who practice the principles are baptized by a new name, “extreme?” Do we long for our evildoers to meet the hand of the Almighty God who remains mighty to us only when we long to see Him fight those we consider our enemies.
- Are our villages “debts?” A job searching without the guidance from God; a heart that longs to live comfortably in this world and get the accolades of colleagues? Hence we miss our divine calling? Do we make ourselves happy with sweet stuff and buy chocolates and clothes to cover the pain on the inside and change the taste of life? Are one-night stands, just “once” to allay the truth of guilt, and in them there’s the imagination of a sense of relief when in fact digging graves with one’s own teeth and defiling oneself ? Are we swallowing pills constantly hoping for health when we know where true health is found? Are the doors to illicit relationships remaining a jar with the hope that this time, true love would be real? Do we upgrade ourselves through the relentless search for fame determined by how many likes we have on social media and how many accolades from fellow human beings? The latest cell phones and apps?
- Are we buying into the notion that success is pegged onto obese bank accounts, high academic degrees, having a generational legacy behind us, beauty that is external and the belief that toxic people must be rid of and kept at bay, to be watched from a distance and not to be loved close?
IF WE IN ANY WAY CONSIDER ANYONE A TOXIC PERSON, THEN IN TRUTH WE NEITHER APPRECIATE THE COMPASSION NOR UNDERSTAND THE ACCEPTANCE OF JESUS TOWARD US, AND WE THINK GRACE IS AN ITEM ON A SHELF THAT CAN BE BOUGHT AND WE OURSELVES HAVE AFFORDED IT.
the physical realm of how we view life. Everything seems dry, yet in the wilderness He can create flowing springs.
Time is past-
the “time factor.” OH! It’s too late to marry, too late for that career, too late to have children, too late to pay that debt, too late, too late, too late. We repeat to ourselves our deficiencies and silence the voice of hope. Yet the Author of Time has never been late for any appointment and is the Professional at turning disappointments into divine appointments.
Send away the multitudes-
the throngs of issues and peoples that bother us. Yet we can only see a miracle of 12 basketfuls and more, if we let Him deal with the multitude as He deems best. And when He does, there are always fresh leftovers to feed more!
Go into the villages-
the Plan B’s that we have lined up. If this doctor can’t help me, then I know another one. If this school can’t accept my application, then I know where to go. If I can’t live in this area, I still have options. Yet, options without God’s unction are just that, options devoid of opportunities.
Buy yourself victuals –
a better car, a better house, new friends. Oh, new clothes may just make us happy? So we presume. Yet there’s the newness of heart that brings eternal joy, and being clothed with His righteousness is the perfect garment of all time.
we live in a fast-paced world, and a first-paced one.
We are admonished to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto us. Matthew 6:33. And when wealth and school degrees are added to us, they shall not define us. They shall be the Master’s instruments in a trusted steward’s hands to be employed for His glory.
Wealth and true education are blessings from God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. He bids us ask for wisdom if we need it and He will give plenteously.
OUR GOD GIVES.
Let us aim to please the Father and we shall win the battles of this life as we await the eternity prepared for us.
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