A Podcast About Encouragement
Building One Another
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11
The Trust Test – Count to Eight!
I love the way Dale Bruner describes the disciples when they realize Jesus has asked them to feed a huge crowd and all they have are five loaves of bread and two fish:
“The disciples think they have ‘nothing here’ except these seven items. But they are counting only the realities that impress them, not the Reality that should impress them the most. Disciples should always count to eight.”
Are you in a situation right now where whatever your “seven” are, your equivalent of five loaves and two fish are simply not enough? “Lord, I have nothing but my energy, effort, grit, gumption, mind, resources and my team” and it’s – just – not - working. I have counted to seven but You invite me to count to eight – to trust you!”
“They [the disciples] said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.’” Matthew 14:17-18
In whatever situation you are in, be alert to your equivalent of the five loaves and two fish, offer them to Jesus, count to eight and trust him.
As Jehoshaphat with a small community prayed when they were facing a huge army, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b Jehoshaphat counted to eight!
Joy to you -- E. Stanley Ott
© Copyright 2020 E. Stanley Ott
Scripture from the ESV
 Frederick Dale Bruner, The Churchbook Mathew 13-28, p. 68.
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