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352 – Help with Handling Hurts

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Each of us sooner or later experiences some of life’s hurts. There are mental and emotional hurts, physical hurts, financial hurts and more. Sometimes we just have a bad day at work. Sometimes we experience a broken relationship with a spouse, child, friend, business partner. We can look at our check books and be hurt these days with rising fuel costs and inflationary influences around us. Maybe you are like some of us who are still among the unemployed in the country today. Sometimes we will have disturbing news from a physician while trying to deal with a physical hurt. In moments when we hurt where can we obtain help? There is a Helper who will help us handle your hurts. His name is Jesus. He has an intense interest in everything that is going on in our lives. Here is a story that will teach us how He will help us with our hurts. It is in Matt. 14:14ff. In it we learn some important aspects of Jesus process of helping us handle our hurts:

When Jesus encounters us in our hurts, He is:

1. moved by His compassionate heart – We must remember that we never hurt without Christ knowing of our need. He is omnipresent and omniscient so He knows every need. We know from Scripture that He was always moved in His compassionate heart when He knew of a need of any kind. A story that illustrates that says, “Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matt. 14:14 NLT). Jesus saw their faces and felt their pain. He knew they were sick, hungry, and needy. He always addresses the needs He sees. When we think no one in the world cares about our hurts, we have a loving and compassionate Savior at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us, and an ever-present Shepherd to attend our needs who resides in us by faith. In this story the disciples suggested that Jesus send away the crowd so they could go and find food. “Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.’ But Jesus said, ‘That isn’t necessary—you feed them’” (Matt. 14:15-16 NLT).  They recognized the need, but in the face of the enormity of it they chose to send the people to look for their own solutions to their hunger. Jesus wouldn’t hear of that. He told His disciples to feed them first. They began to make excuses. They said the obvious, “We do not have enough food.” They forgot who they were telling that the need was greater than the supply. How often we miss opportunities to help those who are hurting because we forget Who is telling us to take care of their hurts. They forgot that little placed in the Master’s hand can become much!

2. most likely to use ordinary things to handle them – Jesus could have commanded a gourmet meal for everyone present. He could have fashioned a meal to suit each individual’s appetite. But, instead, He chose to use the ordinary things God had already placed on the scene through a willing donor. “’But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!’ they answered. ‘Bring them here,’ he said” (Matt. 14:17-18 NLT). When we see or face an overwhelming need, we are prone to demand a miracle for the answer. It is even more miraculous that God would use the ordinary things around us to meet our overwhelming needs or the needs of others. We often overlook God’s simple answers to the questions and needs of our lives while in search of the miracle we suspect might be the only solution. How dare we limit God to miracles. He does not need a miracle to solve every problem. He is the need meeter! God uses means around us to heal our hurts: fish and loaves, physicians, counselors, pastors, friends, people willing to share their “little” to become much in the hands of the Savior. We shouldn’t overlook our answer while demanding a miracle. And, we should’t fail to be a blessing while sending the hurting away instead of being part of their solution! We must begin with what we have! Share what we have! Serve obediently!

3. Master of every available resource to help us – It is not for us to reason how Jesus used the five loaves and two fish to feed over 5,000 men plus women and children. “Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people”(Matt. 14:19 NLT). The fact is that He did as He always does to meet the needs as He recognizes them. He took the ordinary and turned it into the extraordinary. He was the Master of the whole situation: the disciples, the crowd (each individual), the one with the lunch, and the items in the lunch. It is amazing what God can and will do with the things we freely lay before Him for His blessing and use. What are we taking to work with us today that God is asking us to lay in His hands for Him to multiply and bless others by? A surrendered life, a surrendered lunch, a surrendered bank account, a surrendered gift or ability, a surrendered home, a surrendered career all are available resources the Master can and will use if we release them into His powerful hands.

4. meticulous in handling them – We will notice that they were all fed.  “They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!”(Matt. 14:20-21 NLT). Jesus is meticulous to meet every single need of every person who brings their need to Him. What is your need today? Bring it to Jesus. He will not turn you away. What is in your “lunch box?” It may not be food, it may be something else that God is asking you to share today to allow Him to use to meet the needs of others around you. It may be your testimony. Whatever it is, release it to Him. Let Him take it and use it to bless others. You may be thinking, “If I give what I have to help them who will meet my needs?” Remember how the story ended. The disciples handed out what was in their baskets, and when the meal was consumed and the crowd completely satisfied, the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of the fragments. What you give to Jesus never decreases in content or value. It is always multiplied. You get blessed when you are a willing giver. The disciples lost nothing by giving what they had away!

If you have a hurt, bring it to Jesus so He can take care of it. If you have something that can be used by the Master to help with a hurt, offer it unselfishly and watch how He fills your basket as you leave the scene of the helping incident!

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