1During 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. 3If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” Mark 8:1-3
These people had followed Jesus for three days. At some point they had to chose if they would go further. I can see a family. Probably amazed at the teachings of Jesus. At some point they had to make a choice. Stay or go? Going meant that they could get some nourishment. Staying meant that they could audibly listed to the son of the creator of the universe. They could hear the voice of Jesus. Yet they had to be hungry. Over 4000 chose to stay. Being with Jesus was more important than the most basic of human needs; food.
Yet, sometimes I find it hard to work Jesus into my schedule. Run here, do this, eat breakfast, pay bills, this meeting, that appointment. How upside down do I live sometimes?
What a great reminder that the words of Jesus trump anything else. Even basic human needs like food are secondary compared to knowing and listening to Christ. I guess that is why I am sold on Life Journaling. You seem to speak to me in ways I have never heard. My life is bent around you and more toward your heart. Help me to continue to make this time a top priority.
You are my human need.
[tags]devotions, Jesus, hunger, food, fasting[/tags]