I have often heard people say, “Where is God when I need Him?” The fact is that God is there all along but we may be looking for a different answer or solution. It is very likely that God is teaching us a lesson of faith and trust through the difficulty before us. Note the reading today as the disciples witness an amazing miracle with the feeding of the 4,000 yet they fail to see that God will sustain us through all types of trials and difficulties.
“Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Mark 8:18-21, NIV.
“The odd fact is that we learn only half the lessons of experience. Too often experience fills us with pessimism, teaches us what we cannot do, teaches us to view life with a kind of resigned hopelessness. But there are other experiences. Sorrow came–and we came through it still erect. Temptation came–and somehow we did not fall. Illness took us–and somehow we recovered. A problem seemed insoluble–and somehow it was solved. We were at our wits’ end–and somehow we went on. We reached the breaking point–and somehow we did not break. We, too, are blind. If we would only read the lessons of experience aright, it would teach us not the pessimism of the things that cannot be, but the hope which stands amazed that God has brought us thus far in safety and in certainty and the confidence that God can bring us through anything that may happen.”
– William Barclay.