Mark Chapter 8
Let me ask you, do you believe Jesus cares about your needs and the needs of those around you? Are you constantly focused on your insecurities and what you’re lacking or on Christ and His sufficiency? Do you focus more on what you don’t have or more on what you do have? That’s what Mark chapter 8 is all about.
If you’re struggling to trust Jesus to meet your needs and the needs of those around you, you’re not alone. After the disciples had witnessed Jesus miraculously feed crowds of 5000 and then 4000 people, they were worried about forgetting to bring their own provision of bread for themselves. Like Israel in the Old Testament, the witnessing of miraculous signs was not enough to keep Jesus disciples from losing trust in Him when the next trial came.
To me, the one sentence that sums up Mark chapter 8 and the solution to a roller-coaster faith is Peter’s rebuke from Jesus: ‘You’re not setting your mind on God’s interests.’ Every struggle in the chapter comes down to the issue of how people think about Jesus. Is Jesus the Christ? Does He care about our needs? Is He able to miraculously provide for us when we’re seeking after Him? Whose interests are we focused on meeting?
In the end, Jesus makes it clear, only those who believe that He is the Christ and set their mind on His interests will save their life now and for all of eternity. May He help us to never be ashamed of Him or His words. And may we believe that as we put what we have in His hands, He’ll do immeasurably more then we could ever ask or imagine He can do.