SAFE HOUSE:

Life has a way of serving up situation after situation.

Global or personal, we each have something(s) we are dealing with.

Can you relate with any part of this pyramid of problems?

Where do we go for safety, sanity and serenity?

The library of God’s Holy Scriptures; the Bible. 1189 chapters of truth, guidance, law, light and love. Every single word is inspired by God and intended for anyone who seeks knowledge, encouragement, revelation, hope, comfort, rebuke, correction and transformation.

That is the safest place you can go to. Lose yourself in the safety of God’s word and ask Him to speak to you whenever you sit down with His word. He will be right there with you opening your eyes to new things you have never known and He will help you navigate your life with the truth of His word. That is where you will find answers to your deepest questions or your everyday frustrations and to everything in between.

Let’s do this practically, shall we?

If you feel that your situation is so unique that it doesn’t fall within our pyramid of problems, read:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Cor 10:13)

If you had a rough day and need some uplifting, read:

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)

If you feel like you have hit rock bottom, read:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)

If you are surrounded by people but still feel lonely, read:

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

If you have just received bad news that is weighing on you heavily, read:

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10)

If you have never stepped in a church building or had anyone talk to you about God, read:

For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

If you were once a Christian but ditched this ‘faith thing’ because of something(s) you suffered, read:

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

If you are often, ignored, dismissed and in need of affirmation, read:

See, I have inscribed you in the palm of my hands. (Isaiah 49:16)

If you’re going through any kind of relational crisis, read:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

If you’re at the decision cross-roads, read:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
 (Prov 9:10)

And for anyone and everyone on this page read:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

As you find comfort in God’s word, remember that all else will pass away but His word will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:35)

Enjoy the safe house.

 

FIVE LOAVES, TWO FISH:

And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

Matthew 14:15‭-‬21 KJV


Many of us are familiar with this miracle. What’s in it for us?


Father, thank you for your word. Give us the grace to grow in our hunger and thirst for truth. May we delight in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Takeaways:

1. Jesus cares:

The disciples wanted to send the people away so that they could go and buy food. But Jesus told them to give the people something to eat. Jesus cares about us. Each one of us: man, woman, boy and girl. The figure of five thousand did not include the women and children. If He cared about each and every person in that crowd, will He not care for you and I?

2. Jesus listens:

How can one care without first listening? I can visualise the conversations between Jesus and the disciples. I can imagine Him listening intently, wanting to know why the people could not be fed. Jesus, is God: omniscient. Doesn’t He know our thoughts and needs even before we think or voice them? I tend to get rather impatient and bored when someone tells me something I already know. But not so with God. He listens to us. He enjoys it when we talk to Him. He desires for you to seek and commune with Him.

3. Five powerful words:

And they said, we have here only five loaves and two fish.

He said, “bring them here to Me.”

Those five words stood out for me.

Here are the disciples telling Jesus that all they had was five loaves and two fish….for five thousand people minus women and children.

This reminds me of reality. Whatever that may look like for you. Your real life circumstances. You know, the cards you’ve been dealt….believer or not. It is hard, I know. We all have burdens to bear, sometimes heavier than our backs can carry. Whatever the load is, as impossible as it may seem….take it to Him.

He says, bring them here to Me.

Leave the rest to Him. Could the disciples have imagined the magnitude of the miracle that was to come? I’d say no. Can you imagine how God will move in your situation? Probably not. That is not for you to lose sleep over. Yours is to trust that He who cares enough to say, ‘bring them here to Me‘, will do whatever He needs to for His glory.

4. There’s more to it than food:

Remember man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the Lord.

As we grow in our desire and yearning for God, He not only fills up….He not only satisfies; but as we abide in Him, our cups overflow. (Psalms 23).


Be encouraged as you continue to read God’s word.

A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON THE EDGE OF DESPAIR:

Dear friend,
I don’t know what darts life has thrown your way, but I’m here to remind you of something.
God doesn’t change.
He created the seasons. They change, but He stays the same.
He created us. We change, but He stays the same.
He created emotions. They change, but He doesn’t.
I don’t know what your days (or nights) look like,  I don’t know how you’ve been bruised and battered but I do know one thing. God doesn’t change.
Have you been lied to? Has someone broken a promise or promises they made to you? Had you put your faith in someone only for them to leave you hurting? Have you been cast out by your loved ones, or people you trusted? Perhaps you are confounded by a broken engagement or an old friendship that ended unexpectedly? Well God won’t do that. He does not lie.
Think of God’s attributes. Make it personal. Think of what He has been to you specifically. Now add this tag, ‘God does not change’. Has He been your peace even when things didn’t make sense? Then He will not change.
Has He been Supplier of your needs? Then He will not change.
What has He been to you?
You may ask yourself, why don’t I feel that peace? Well, you change, He doesn’t!!
I pray that you will be glad that life is unpredictable and that seasons, people and circumstances change. Picture that contrast between our changing, wavering lives and a God who does NOT change. How dull and miserable would we be if we served a God who changed. Nothing would make sense. Would we even be here? What hope would we have? Where would we run to if God had mood swings? What misery that would be; to have to deal with our unpredictable human lives and also a changing God who didn’t keep His word. I’m here with good news. That is not the case at all. Our God does NOT change. He will continue to be what He was to the men and women of old and He will continue to be what we have known Him to be forever and ever. He was before we were and will continue to be, forever more. All those attributes and names of God. All that He was, is and will be. He is what you need Him to be; He is enough and He does NOT CHANGE.
Your friend,
Sojourner