Sara and I have been witnessing miracle after miracle in these past few months. There for a while, we were really getting slammed with the enemy’s attack but we stood strong. In Ephesians 6, Paul wrote, “Having done all that the crisis requires…stand.” I believe that we have stood and now God is rewarding us. I have to be attentive to what I felt in my spirit when I wrote this and try not to get too hyper-spiritual. In Mark 6:30-44, Jesus had needed some time to rest and had commissioned His disciples to go to a place of solitude so that they could rest awhile. However, the crowd had taken notice of them and followed. Jesus, being filled with compassion, began to teach them and to minister to them. It had begun to get late and the disciples told Jesus to send the people away so that they could eat. Jesus said, “you feed them.” In disbelief that the King of Kings would make them do such a feat and it cost a high price, they persisted. Jesus would then pray to the Father and the multitude would be fed. The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 had taken place and the disciples had walked away with 12 baskets full of food. Jesus sent them away while he dismissed the crowd and then went to pray alone.
Many commentators will give their opinion and that is fine but I don’t think that the disciples were stupid. Follow me on this. I believe that they had become so accustomed to Jesus doing these miracles that their heart had formed a familiar spirit around them. Their hearts had become hardened to the miracles of God. When your heart is hardened to the miracles of God, you get used to them and you miss them. The Spirit of God is pouring into the churches of today but we are missing them because our hearts have become hardened to the miracles of God. We have become so familiar with it that we miss the miraculous and call it normal. Nothing about God is normal.
One of the things that have been a consistent metaphor throughout the Word of God is when the king gets a hardened heart. When the heart is hardened, it doesn’t receive anything that is being offered by the other party. As people, it is easy to harden our hearts when we get hurt or when someone stabs us in the back. The phrase “I will never get hurt again” comes out of our heart and causes us to be hardened to the miracles that are being performed all around us.
We must never become so familiar that we miss God. For the disciples, the miracles of God became “business as usual” and they missed something spectacular. Jesus fed 5,000 people! God gave you a beautiful life! God allowed you to have internet access to read this blog! Let us know not grow hardened to the miracles of God!