Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Loaves and Fish and the Presidential Election

Reading about the miracle of the loaves and fish in the Gospel of John in my quiet time and v. 11 struck me: "Jesus took the loaves, GAVE THANKS, and distributed to those...." Looked up the words "gave thanks" in Greek dictionary (Hebrew-Greek Key Word Bible) is "eucharisteo" and means to show oneself grateful, be thankful, give thanks. And it occurred to me that Jesus, the Son of God, was truly grateful to God for those five small barley loaves and two small fish. He didn't just give lip service. Jesus couldn't pray half-heartedly. For the first time I had the slightest insight into that moment when He prayed--thankfully, gratefully. And it made me think, "Am I thankful for the small amounts that I have? That anything God provides will be more than enough when I give thanks from my heart? And then I thought about our elections today. No matter who wins the Presidential election, God has provided, and I can be thankful for what little they have to give, and I can pray that God will multiply that so it makes a difference for our country and for His kingdom and His glory. This gives me peace this morning.


Diwakar said...

Hello Joni. I am a Pastor from Mumbai, India. I am so blessed by your blog post on Miracle of loves and fish in the Gospel and the Presidential Election". What an application to the Presidential election of your country. The Lord has given you the president in Donald Trump. It is my prayer that the Lord will multiply the little he has to give. I am truly blessed by your testimony on your profile page. I am also blessed and feel priviiiged and honored to get connected with you as well as know you through your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged, strengthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 37 yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great conrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have you come to Mumbai with your friends to work with us during your vacation time. I am sure you will have a life changing experience. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you, your family and friends. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede.

Joni said...

I think you should contact the International Board of Missions with your request for missionaries. Their website is https://www.imb.org/ There is a Contact Link under the Who We Are tab. You can also write them at:
International Board of Missions
3806 Monument Ave.
P.O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230-0767

God bless you.