You Can Still Say “Father, Thank You”

At one point, Jesus asked His disciples to get swords.

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”
~ Luke 22:36

But the disciples already had two; and they pulled them out!

“The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”
“That is enough,” he replied.
~ Luke 22:38

Jesus must have been shocked. “Goodness,” He must have thought, “these guys are actually carrying swords about.” So He replied, “That’s enough.”

There’s a point there, though: “One sword with God is enough; because we actually don’t need it.” Later on, when a disciple of His pulled out a sword to defend Jesus, Jesus cautioned him to put it back. “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” He told him.

Paul writes:

“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4:19 (KJV)

The point: Jesus Christ always dealt with crisis from a place of faith. I’ve learnt to do the same. When I’m faced with a crisis, the first thing I ask myself is, what do I have?

And, by the way, what if you have ‘nothing’? Maybe you don’t have a car, or a single piece of money in your pocket; but do you at least have the breath of life in you? Well that’s enough; you can still say “Father, thank you.”

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people.”
~Luke 9:16

Jesus took what He had, and then He gave thanks; that’s powerful.


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