Three days and nothing
“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. Mark 8:2
Have you ever gone 3 days without food? These days most people have a hard time going 3 hours without anything to eat. Still, if you have gone for any length of time, even ½ day without eating, you body already begins to feel weak. After missing one or two meals, most people can recognize that they need some nourishment to keep their focus and stay on task.
In today’s reading, Jesus felt compassion for the crowd, probably because He was feeling tired and hungry in His own body. Though He never made provision for just Himself, He was always thinking of other first. Even though Jesus had recently fed 5000 people, with two fish and five loaves of bread, the disciples were trying to figure out again, where they would get food to feed this large group.
It is likely that most of the people there did not have extra water with them, yet these people were hungry for the words Jesus spoke. This was the reason they were there, to hear Jesus. Some may have been there to see miracles, but mostly, they were hungry for God’s Word.
I wonder if we still see that same hunger in the world today. Are God’s people still pressing into His Word and time with Him to the point of missing meals? I would say it probably doesn’t happen that often. I believe it is time to recognize the source of strength that a personal relationship with Him provides. We all know He gives us spiritual strength but pushing away from the table and telling your body no to food once in a while can also bring physical strength. God’s power was present that day to heal and it is still here today to cleanse us from all that ails us.
Today I want to encourage you to take some extra time with Him. Spend one or two of your mealtimes in prayer and connection with the One who loves you. Step aside from the business of your day to slow down and press in. I guarantee you will find strength, and I promise you will find healing in whatever area you need. Then, have compassion on others and lead them to the One who can help them through whatever they are going through.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 8:1-10
1 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them,
2 “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat.
3 And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.”
4 Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?”
5 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.”
6 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude.
7 They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them.
8 So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.
9 Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away,
10 immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.