Thursday, March 23, 2006

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34; Psalms 85, 86; 1 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46

The things I think about in the passages are very much intertwined in what I believe are an individual’s greatest challenge: trust. As each of us knows and feels on a daily basis, trust is something that evolves. We learn to trust ourselves and our judgments; we learn to trust others (or not) based on our interactions with them. In his prayer to God – Psalm 86 – David affirms his faith in God and says, “I trust in you.” Each of us must learn to put our trust in the Lord, our Savior. This, to me, is difficult at times yet key to my faith. Is it yours?

Today’s passage in the Gospel of Mark, clearly provides us all witness to trust in him and he will provide. This was not just the many who were fed. These were the apostles who followed Christ and questioned their ability to feed the masses with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Yet, all were fed despite that fact. As they could not see how and had to trust Christ to provide, so must we. We must trust our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

There are always times when I, knowingly and unknowingly, question how I will meet the demands of my family, work, church, others, and Christ – and selfishly, the demands of some of the things I enjoy, like golf and being outdoors. And because I want to do all that I can do to help others with the talents I’ve been blessed with, I try to put my trust in God to do his will.

To believe that what you do is the right thing for yourself in your mission to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ then put your trust in him – I will continue to do this. I hope you will, too.

Bob Petersen

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