Friday, May 9, 2014

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

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John 6:35 ...I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  NIV
John 6:41 ...I am the bread that came down from heaven. NIV
John 6:48  I am the bread of life.  NIV
John 6:51  I am the living bread that comes down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.  And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.  NIV
As a mom, I know what it's like to have to repeat myself.  Whether it's calling her to the dinner table, hurrying her to get dressed and ready for the bus, or asking her to turn the TV down; I have to repeat myself all the time with my daughter.  

I found, however, that I'm in good company.  Here in chapter 6 of the book of John, Jesus had to repeat himself several times to his disciples.  Not only that, but he had to repeat himself even AFTER performing two awe-inspiring miracles.  

The book of John opens with Jesus feeding the 5,000 with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  The people remarked after the miracle:  This is indeed the Prophet who is come into the world! (John 6:14)  Well, okay then!  It appears they are getting the full scope of things.  Right?
Maybe not...
Shortly there after, the disciples were in a boat on the lake heading for Capernaum and they saw Jesus walking on the water.  They were afraid at first but Jesus said to them, "It is I, don't be afraid."  (John 6:20)  Surely, now they understood that this is the Son of God.  Right?  
Not really...
The people who had witnessed the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 followed Jesus and his disciples to Capernaum.  Once they were all there, the people asked Jesus "What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you?  What will you do?" (John 6:30)

If I were Jesus, I would have taken them each by the shoulders, gritted my teeth and shook them back and forth while saying, "Did you, or did you NOT, eat the bread and fish????"

But, as frustrated as I feel when I read of their disbelief, I know that I am also guilty of witnessing God's miracles and then rationalizing them away.
How many times does God have to tell me that he is God, and there is no other?
How many miracles do I witness that I think are coincidence or that I don't even notice at all?
How many times do I make God repeat himself just because I'm not fully listening to him, because I am being distracted by the world around me?
Thankfully, our God is loving and merciful, and also long-suffering.  Listen to him today so he doesn't have to repeat himself tomorrow.

Pray:  Heavenly Father, I know I should listen to you when you say something the first time.  Please, help me tune out the world and be focused on you.  Help my heart and mind listen to the Holy Spirit within me.  Amen.

~Tammie Hefty


  1. Great to know I'm not the only one that needs the Lord to remind me again and again. Thanks for sharing Tammie!

    1. Your welcome!!! I keep reminding myself that I will be learning from him my WHOLE life. It's hard to be in this world!