“...And Jesus departed from there, and came near unto the Sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto Him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and He healed them.” Matthew 15:29-30
As I read the passage for today’s daily devotion, I realized that when Jesus was near the Sea of Galilee speaking to the multitude of 4000 men, not counting the women and children, those listening to Him had been with Him for three days without food. As we can imagine, the people must have been so rapt by the teachings and healing miracles taking place, that their spiritual fulfillment and physical nourishment came from what they heard and saw in the presence of Jesus, and not from what is considered physical food. Nevertheless, Jesus turned to His Disciples in Matthew 15:32 and said:
"I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat; and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way."
Jesus' statement, “I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” encourages Believers to remember that, when we pray and fast, seriously awaiting an answer from God about the life issues we are faced with; and, we are prepared to see the miracle of His Word take form,—we will receive an answer. —We will not be sent away unfed or unfulfilled. The act of fasting for three days, maintaining God's Word through the body's spiritual gates of what we see and hear will only strengthen our resolve and maintain our spiritual focus.
So, if you are having some degree of difficulty reaching a level of clarity about an issue affecting your life, maybe it's time for you to try prayer, reading, and fasting. It removes the cobwebs cluttering your mind, the unnecessary debris clogging up your body, and releases your spirit to access God more fully. —Not to mention, receiving an answer that just might change the entire direction of your life. L.
Study Reference: Matthew 15:29-39
From: "Fed & Fulfilled." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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