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Number Seven: Solving Problems

March 23, 2017


Here in the middle of Lent 2017, it’s my joy to share Ten Reminders for Laypeople…but wow they sure apply to us pastors as well. With gratitude to Linna Bradford who graciously agreed to let me share these with you, here’s number seven —

When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities.

— I love this. For quite some time now, I’ve added this to the end of Benedictions: “…God who loves you, and trusts you.”

And not just with some of our own personal problems.

Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.  But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

But Jesus answered, “You give them something to eat.”

That’s pretty clear.

That’s not subtle.

That’s from The Gospel According To Mark, chapter 6.

That’s what Jesus said: “You give them something to eat.”

He trusts us and our abilities.

So, what problems is God in Christ calling you and me to solve today?

Let’s start with one. A real one. A situation where we can make a difference.

In other words, “You give them something to eat.”

That’s what Jesus said.




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