Gems 2015 — April 17 Scripture Selection: II Kings 4-6

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 17 Scripture Selection: II Kings 4-6

Food for Thought: II Kings 4:1-7, 42-44

There are several incidents in the Bible, both in the Old Testament and the New, where the Lord multiplied food for people. Of course, most of us are familiar with the accounts of the multiplication of the loaves and fish of Matthew 14:17-19 and 15:34-36, but it is important to understand that the Lord continues to work these kinds of miracles through our hands today, just as He used the hands of the disciples and prophets back then. Scarcity and lack should never be part of our vocabulary!

The Lord does not change, and what He does for one, He will do for any who will put their trust in Him (Acts 10:34). As we live by the Word of God and His Spirit, we have access to all the promises, among which is the promise of provision (whether it comes to us through “natural” ways, or “supernatural” ones). Psalm 23:1, “I shall not want,” literally means, “I lack nothing” because the Lord is my Shepherd. A shepherd takes care of his flock and leads them to green pastures, and Jesus assures us that He is the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). And as such, He provides for us, under every type of circumstance.

Some people have that mentality that “that was then, but this is now.” They compartmentalize and distinguish the miracles of the Old Testament and the miracles of the New Testament, and somehow believe that we are in a different age with different conditions and no access to the Source of power as those of the past. What they don’t understand is that we have an even greater access to the Source because, unlike the people prior to Pentecost, as believers in Jesus Christ, we now have Him living in us. So we can expect the extraordinary as a “normal” part of our every-day lives, including that of the multiplication of food for ourselves and for those we minister to. He promises to provide for every need (Phil. 4:19). Stand in faith and watch it happen before your very eyes.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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