Today’s Reading - John 6:22-59
S: Scripture O: Observation A: Application P: Prayer
39 “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” 41 At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” - John 4:39-41
I doubt there is anyone reading this who has not experienced the hurt and pain of a broken heart. It comes for various reasons from destroyed relationships to cutting words to personal tragedy. It may be hard to fathom God with a broken heart but I believe He experiences that very pain on several levels. Sin breaks the heart of God. He hurts when his children are disobedient. The greatest source of his pain is to know there is one lost person because his will is eternal life with Him for everyone. If the desire of God’s heart is for Jesus not to lose one single person then his heart is shattered as he observes the brokenness of the human race. And the Jews grumbled because of his offer. They grumbled because Jesus was offering the best possible outcome for humanity but it wasn’t their way. These Jews most likely broke God’s heart. If we see sin as breaking the heart of God and causing him pain I believe sin will hurt us more. When we hurt we will become less casual about our waywardness. We will become more intentional about the one who is lost. The concept of breaking the heart of God causes us to look inward as well as outward. Let’s be about the will of God.
Heavenly Father, we seek your forgiveness for breaking your heart and causing you hurt and pain. Lead us away from sin and in your way so we may be about the business of your will. Lead us to the one who is lost. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Fast: Love does not calculate. What an honor it would be to be remembered as one who loved lavishly. Today, fast stinginess: seek an opportunity to be irrationally lavish toward someone who cannot possible return the favor. Give because you love. Give without letting reason ration out your love in stingy portions. - Alicia Britt Chole from “40 Days of Decrease. A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.”