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And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.
Revelation 12:11 NLT
I love words. I love the way they sound. I love the way they look on a page. I love how they can be combined in a million different ways to mean a million different things.
It’s probably no surprise then that I love to read (and write) books. When a story grabs me, I will want to read it more than once, and every time I re-read a book, I see something I missed the first time around. Usually because I read it too fast the first time.
I have a hard time slowing down and savoring each word, and sadly, this is sometimes true when I sit down to read the best Book. I open the pages of God’s Word and I begin to read the familiar passages—the Psalms, the Epistles, the Gospels—and they are so familiar that it’s sometimes hard to focus.
Which is why over the past few months I’ve begun listening to the Bible. It’s the way the original audience would have received these words. They would have listened as someone read the stories of Noah, Esther, and Daniel and they would have sat in a small gathering while someone read Paul’s latest letter.
As I began listening to the Gospels, it was the familiar story of the feeding of the 5000 that God used most recently to grab my attention. It’s a story I thought I knew well, but as I focused on each word, God showed me something I haven’t noticed before.
In Matthew 14, the crowds have followed Jesus to a desolate place and the disciples want to send the people away to find food. Jesus asks them what they have available, right where they are, and “They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”
You know what happened next, don’t you? Jesus took their pitiful offering and fed a multitude.
I don’t know about you, but I spend too much energy thinking about how ill-equipped I am to do the things I’m called to do. There’s so much I don’t know, so much I have to learn, so much I need to do! And sometimes I think, “I can’t write this book or share with this neighbor or meet this need because I’m not prepared. I haven’t figured it all out yet!”
But Jesus doesn’t expect me to have it all together. He wants me to bring to Him everything I have, then trust Him to do what only He can do.
The day I listened to this passage, I’d been struggling with doubt and fear—two things I fight on a regular basis. But God, in His infinite mercy and with His immeasurable grace, spoke peace to my heart through a story I’ve heard a thousand times before, but that was, once again, new and exactly what I needed.
These days, I’m savoring His Word, and praying that I will always have ears to hear.