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Timing is Everything
by Judy Webb
"After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, 'Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.' Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself." (John 6:14-15)
The miracles Jesus performed: the healings, the feeding of thousands with only a few loaves and fishes - not to mention the leftovers, was a stunning phenomenon for the people to witness. Once they were all fed and satisfied, can’t you just see them looking around at the crowds of people who also are full? I can hear the rumblings of recognition as they realize a miracle just
happened in their presence.
A convoy of food trucks didn’t descend upon the mountainside and open up shop. There was no grub hub making meal deliveries. One young boy shared his catch of the day and Jesus made it all happen! This had their attention and there probably was a clamor of conversation amongst the followers. This was too exciting to just let it pass. They couldn't take the chance that Jesus would go away. They needed to act NOW!
Jesus sensed what might happen next and He stopped it before it got started. Even Jesus was obedient to the Father's timing. How often do I (do we) get ahead of God? How many times have I jumped when I should have sat still and waited on God to direct my steps.
What a time to be alive! What a great thing, to unknowingly be witness to the birth of Christianity. The people knew they had something special in front of them. They recognized Jesus was unique and they really wanted someone like Him to lead them, to be king and a ruler who would overthrow evil. They didn't understand that He was all that and more. So much more!
Spoken Prayer – Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.