Scripture: Matthew 15:29-39 [NLT]
29 Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. 31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
33 Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. 36 And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. 37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. 38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 And He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of Magdala.[a
Jesus once again takes care of the needs of a multitude of people; needs both great and small. He heals them of all manner of sickness and crippling diseases and then feeds them with what is at hand. Miracles abound and miracles amaze, but I would draw your attention to one small clue. He does not do it to bring attention to Himself.
Notice in vs 31 that the people glorify “the God of Israel”. Jesus did not allow them to assume that He was the source of the power he was displaying or the miracles he was performing. He did not take any glory for Himself but instead directed their attention to the God of Israel; His Father in Heaven.
I ask myself the question; “If God were to give me power to heal, would I take the glory for myself?” I think the temptation would be great. People would want to “glorify” me as the source of a miracle; it is in their human nature, so there would have to be a diligent effort to make sure that they did not praise me or exult me in any way.
When you think about the so-called miracle healers of today, what do you see? Do you see humbleness of spirit, glorification of God and God alone? Simple love for others? I don’t. I see greed. Self exultation. Wealth accumulation. Self love. Take, for instance, Benny Hinn. Do you see humbleness? Do you see true love for others? Nope. In him I see only self love. He uses the right words, but sets himself up to receive the glory. He is a charleton, a blasphemer, and a lying devil. He is a false Christ and he should be shunned and ignored.
Turn to God. Turn to the Creator of the Universe; the source of true power and true love and true humbleness. The Creator of the Universe was willing to come down to this sinful planet, take off His robe, and wash our feet! He was willing to receive scorn, malice, mockery, and physical punishment to help us. He loves us unconditionally. Knowing all this, we would dare to give even a moment of our time to someone like Benny Hinn?! Turn away from men like this and start to follow the true God of the Bible. Learn of Him from His Word. Stop listening to these lying spirits and listen to “the God of Israel” who loves you so much.
My prayer today is that you would open the eyes of those who are blinded by the pomp and circumstance of men who for themselves seek the glory that belongs to You. Help me to never seek glory for myself, but to always remember that You are the source of all power; the source of life itself. Give me a humble spirit. Help me to love others as You would.
Thank You for all that You provide in my life. Help me to never forget that You are the Great Provider. Be with my children and keep them safe. I love you Lord. Amen.