December 19, 2023
The breaking process (3)
"He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples." Mt 14:19 NKJV
The Bible says that Jesus "took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes" (v. 19 NKJV).
Notice the progression in this story: The loaves were taken, blessed, broken, then given to others. That's how God works! In order to bless others through you, He will take you, bless you, break you, and give you to others. Paul had to be broken of pride. "I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh…Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness! So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me...For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2Co 12:7-10 NLT). So, if you have a "thorny" person or situation in your life, God wants you to experience His grace and power through dealing with them. Paul finally reached the place where he could thank God for his "thorn." The Bible speaks about "the sacrifice of praise to God" (Heb 13:15).
When you're willing to sacrifice in order to have something, it means you value it enough to pay the price for it. Do you want to walk in God's power? To experience His blessing? Then thank God for your "thorny situation," and embrace the breaking process through which He is taking you today.