By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?”
The disciples seemed to struggle with faith and trust. Jesus made the statement “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” They thought that Jesus made this statement to them because they forgot to bring bread on their journey. The disciples were looking at what they had instead of looking at Who was with them and what He had already done and had the power to do. Jesus’ response to the sightless and faithless disciples was to question them by saying, “Why reason ye, because ye have no bread?” It was then that Jesus reminded them of what He had done in the past, and He also reminded them that He could still do what He had done in the past. In this story are several lessons for the believer to learn for when they face those times when it seems that God doesn’t understand what you are facing. Let me share these lessons with you.
First, a hardened heart always keeps the believer from seeing what God can do. Never let the present circumstances harden your heart. The now-focused believer always has a hardened heart and negative focus about the present obstacles, whereas the faith-focused believer has a soft heart that believes that God still can.
Second, a forgetful believer always forgets what God has done. The reason the disciples’ hearts were so hardened that they couldn’t see that God could provide their needs is because they forgot the past works of God. One of the greatest reasons to keep in mind the works that God did in the past is so that you can be challenged and encouraged that He can still do those works today through your life.
If a hardened heart and a forgetful mind is what causes you to doubt; what is the answer to overcoming these things? First, remember that the works of the past are examples for what you face today. One of the greatest mistakes many make in the present is that they are critical of the past; thus, they miss the encouragement that the past can give for the present. Every work that God has done in your life and in the lives of others in the past is to be an encouragement for what He can do through you today, but in a greater way.
Second, God doesn’t want you to reason, but to trust and believe. The biggest mistake that the disciples made is that they reasoned in their heart instead of having faith to trust and believe that God could still meet their need. The biggest enemy of faith is the reasoning heart that doesn’t believe God can do the miraculous today. Faith doesn’t need to make sense for God to perform the miraculous; it just needs you to trust and believe that He can still do the miraculous and work towards the miraculous.
Third, always stay focused on Who you serve and not on what you face. The greatest piece of advice I could give you is to challenge you to stay focused on the LORD. If you put your eyes on the present like the disciples did, you will begin to reason out faith, and act in disbelief. You can keep yourself from focusing on the present obstacles that doubt would like you to focus upon by keeping your eyes on the LORD and His omnipotence. The LORD has great things He wants to do through your life today, but you must stay focused on Him and trust Him that He will come through for you today as He did in the past.
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Bro. Domelle started traveling as a full-time evangelist in 1990. Throughout the years of being an evangelist, God allowed him to preach in 49 of the 50 states and several foreign countries, see thousands of people saved, and thousands of decisions made by believers in those meetings.
On April 15, 2018, Bro. Domelle took the pastorate at Maranatha Baptist Church in Bethany, Oklahoma. He continues to travel and hold meetings while pastoring a growing church. Bro. Domelle also co-founded the Old Paths Conference which is a Baptist conference that strongly promotes the old-time ways. He has authored several books, and is the founder and editor of the Old Paths Journal.
Bro. Domelle believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to win people to Christ. He personally wins many people to Christ each year. He has also seen several men saved under his ministry who have been called to preach and are now pastoring here in the States or serving as missionaries on foreign fields.
Bro. Domelle and his wife, Sandy, have been happily married since 1994. They have one daughter, Caitlyn.