Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 6.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 6
Author: Laura Martinez
John 6:11-12 (TPT)
Jesus then took the barley loaves and fish and gave thanks to God. He then gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people. Miraculously, the food multiplied, with everyone eating as much as they wanted. When everyone was satisfied, Jesus told His disciples. “Now go back and gather up the pieces left over so that nothing will be wasted.”
Jesus first gave thanks to God for what was set before Him. He then distributed and multiplied it and everyone was given more than enough.
When you are told you have cancer, the last thing you think about is thanking God for it, but Jesus has revealed to me that nothing is wasted when He walks with us. When I was diagnosed with cancer, the oncologist said that I was healthy if it wasn’t for having cancer. I felt that the hand that I had been dealt was unfair. I felt that I had been faithful to God. I loved God, I served God, and yet now I had cancer. I questioned God and, in a brief moment of despair, I thought, “I guess it’s my time.” The only thing I heard was, “You have cancer, but you will not die.” I continued to question God and fear began to overtake me.
Immediately, I thought the pieces I was left with were wasted. My future, my dreams, my goals, and my health. I continued to look back at all the time I wasted because of my disappointment and pain. But, what I discovered is that during each appointment, procedure, and ultimate diagnosis, Jesus had not wasted one moment to reveal His love for me.
In this process, He has allowed me to see beyond my current circumstances. He has taught me to rest in Him, and in resting in Him, I have learned to trust Him.
I can easily fall back into self-pity and disappointment because my life has not turned into what I envisioned it to be. But, it has multiplied to become so much more than I could ever expect or imagine. At the time of my diagnosis, I was working three jobs to complete a financial goal. Since then, I have learned to rest in God; I have learned to take care of myself.
I have now been declared cancer free!
My marriage and family are stronger because of this season we have endured together. I am learning to thank God for each day, moment, and experience knowing that with Jesus, nothing is ever wasted.
What difficult area in your life do you need to give thanks to God?
What area in your life can you declare is not wasted?
Today, let’s remember to give thanks for what is set before us. Confidently declare that God will not waste one moment and that you will walk in victory when you walk with Him.
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