32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
The word compassion originally meant an inner churning, something like an “upset stomach” or the experiencing of having your stomach “tied in knots” as the saying goes. It was an emotion connected to a physical change, an “upset”, things just aren’t right and you are acutely aware that something must be done. Jesus already seems to be anticipating that something will be done, miraculously done. With only seven loaves and a few fish the whole crowd was fed and no one had to leave hungry or in danger or not making it home because of their famished condition. Jesus cares that we have something to eat, he cares that not having enough to eat can lead to other problems; he cares enough to be moved with compassion. Where is Jesus at work in your world, caring about someone who is in need, moved with compassion? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for these organizations who are helping people in need: Home Sweet Home, Renewal Center and Sonflowers.