Cool, Calm, and Collected

John 6:10-11 — 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish (NIV).

Imagine you are one of the five thousand plus standing on the mountainside. You’re tired and hungry. Jesus asks where they’re going to buy food for everyone. You listen as Philip and Andrew rule out any possibility of feeding the large crowd. Everyone turns to Jesus and waits anxiously to see His reaction.

You marvel as He calmly instructs for everyone to be seated. Then He gives thanks for the five loaves and two fish. You’re awestruck as the disciples distribute food to everyone in attendance. But even as this unbelievable miracle unfolds before you, you can’t seem to take your eyes off of Jesus. You’re captivated by how cool He is under pressure.

Jesus demonstrated perfectly how we should respond to the impossibilities we face. He was confident and at peace, and He gave thanks to God in the middle of the crisis. Many people wear themselves out worrying about the situations surrounding their lives. If that’s you, I encourage you to learn from Jesus’ example.

Be confident and trust the One you serve. Don’t allow anything to rob you of your peace. Learn to give God thanks no matter what you may be facing. It’s easy to thank Him when all is well, but train yourself to praise Him always. When you do, sometimes He’ll even surprise you.

As I mentioned yesterday, God will meet you at the point of your expectation and then blow it out of the water. Notice Jesus gave thanks for something that was not enough to meet the need. Give God thanks today for what you do have.

John 6:13 — So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten (NIV).

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