During our lifetime, we each face our own challenges and difficulties. Often, we go through these experiences with a sense that no one really grasps our inherent need to be understood and to feel warmth and acceptance.
Through people and experiences, we will, at the very most, only temporarily meet those needs. The only way to find long lasting contentment and gratification is through a personal relationship with Yeshua. Building that connection and embracing Yeshua as a true friend is the only way life will not ultimately be a disappointment. In Yeshua we find the answers.
We each have the need to be accepted but, all too often, through our own weaknesses, we are misunderstood. This can be one of the main reasons for division in a congregation. Unfortunately, this leads some to focus on internet or television edification where we can hide in anonymity. We must face the fact that each of us is liable to be hurt or misunderstood as well as be the source of hurt or misunderstanding.
In John 6, Yeshua fed the five thousand with two small fish and five small barley loaves.
What did the people see? A miracle.
What did the disciples see? Something brought forth from nothing.
What did Yeshua see? He saw the people and their needs – including being hungry.
“When Yeshua looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy enough bread for all these people to eat?’ He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” (John 6:5-6)
My ego is an obstacle to God meeting people’s needs through me. I must die to self, for only when I am weak can I be strong. “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Messiah’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
It is Yeshua working through us in the lives of others to meet their needs – not us. Let’s look to Him.
This article originally appeared in the Oasis December 2021 newsletter and is reposted with permission.