by Pastor Glenn Crouch
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When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them (Mark 6:34).
When looking at the passages for this week, I was drawn to a common thread about God’s compassion and faithfulness to us, who are often faithless.
Our passage this morning occurs before the feeding of the 5000. It concludes after Jesus walks on water (well worth reading all of Mark 6:30–56). Matthew indicates that Jesus and his disciples are almost overwhelmed by the number of people, and so they escape via boat to a quiet place – they (including Jesus) just need a break from the crowds. However, the large crowd gets there before them. Does Jesus lose his temper? Does he tell his disciples to send them away? No! He has compassion for them. He sees their need, and he teaches them (and as the story continues, he miraculously feeds them).
Are we at times afraid to disturb God? Are we worried that he may be too busy? Or perhaps we don’t think we really matter to him, and thus, we shouldn’t bother him? These are the sort of suggestions the evil one throws up. Our God, the God of the Bible, has compassion on us; he hears us. We should be like the crowd and race to get time with our God. We should be eager to spend time with God praying, reading his word and spending time worshipping with fellow believers. In our need, are we prepared to let God teach us, as Jesus taught the crowd?
Jesus died for you. Through his death and resurrection, you are a child of God. Your Heavenly Father wants to hear from you, and you can be assured that as with his dear Son, he will have compassion on you!
Heavenly Father, renew in me the joy of your salvation. Help me to better hear your Holy Spirit as he encourages me to come to you. Forgive me for doubting your compassion. I need your help to better see who you are through your beloved Son, Jesus. Amen.