Psalm of the Day: Psalm 116:1-19
Wisdom of the Day: Job 31:29-40
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:12-17
We see a striking emblem of Christ's ability to supply the spiritual needs of mankind. The whole miracle is a picture. We see in it some of the most important truths of Christianity. The multitude that is poor, helpless, and destitute of food is a picture of mankind. We are a company of poor sinners in the midst of a wicked world, without strength, or power to save ourselves.
Jesus is full of pity, kindness, and ever ready to show mercy even to the unthankful and the evil. He is just the same today as He was then. Exalted high in Heaven at the right hand of God, He looks down on the vast multitude of starving sinners, who cover the face of the earth. He still pities them, still cares for them, and still feels for their helplessness and need.
Happy are those who have learned this lesson, and have tasted by experience, that Christ crucified is the true bread of life! The heart of man can never be satisfied with the things of this world. It is always empty, and hungry, and thirsty, and dissatisfied until it comes to Christ. It is only those who hear Christ's voice, and follow Him, and feed on Him by faith who are "filled."
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that you have the compassion and desire to meet my needs.
Action Plan: What are your personal needs? Spill your heart to the Lord today and trust him to meet them in faith.
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.