FAITH CAPSULE: Obedience and thanksgiving before God is a combination that provokes miracle of God.
With obedience and thanksgiving to God’s word having lack will be turned to abundance.
At the feeding of 5,000, Jesus asked His disciples not to let the people go away with an empty stomach. It was a desert with no provision to meet the need of the people. Jesus attempted to meet the need of the people by asking in John 6:5, “Jesus asked Philip, where shall we buy bread that these may eat?” Jesus’ disciples informed Him that a lad has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?
Are you speculating how your pressing needs shall be met?
Are you at a juncture of life experiencing a representative of desert life, with challenges of meeting your need?
It is important to gain understanding and knowledge in the word of God that there is always possibility out of impossibility.
Jesus responded to Philip’s answer to the lack of bread for the people at the desert as stated in John 6:10-11, “Then Jesus said, make the people sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So, the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.”
The people obeyed to the command of Jesus which called for them to sit down. There was obedience in the people’s response, and there was a thanksgiving offering unto the Lord for the little (five barley and two small fish) which became abundance. The people’s obedience and thanks were offered to God which provoked God’s provision of abundance for the people.
The combination of obedience and thanksgiving brought Lazarus out of the grave of life. John 11:41-44 documents clearly demonstration of obedience to God’s command and thanksgiving: Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
At Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus’s command for the stone to be removed was faithfully engaged and Jesus’ thanksgiving replaced death with life.
Engage full obedience, extend a hearty thanksgiving concerning every area of your challenge to provoke the extension of God’s hand over your challenging life.
Prayer for today: Ask God to become your reason for obedience and thanksgiving all times.