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Anticipation or Satisfaction?

Have you ever been around someone who was always prepared for anything? As a Girl Scout, I learned to “be prepared.” But some folks take this motto to a whole different level. There are women who carry an entire drug store in their pocket books and men who could rebuild a house from the toolboxes on the back of their trucks.

One afternoon, Jesus was teaching in the country when His disciples decided the crowd should be sent away so they could find food and lodging. Jesus wasn’t having any of it. He agreed the crowd was hungry and said, “You give them something to eat” (Luke 9:13).

Jesus knew there was one little boy with a sack lunch to feed 5,000 men and their families. Everyone ate, and there were leftovers. There were 12 baskets in fact. And that is what has always amazed me: Where did the 12 baskets come from? What was in them before the leftovers? Did someone anticipate the need for carry out?

What I know is this: Jesus anticipated the need, and in His desire to give what He had promised, He made provisions for food and for “to go” boxes. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus still anticipates our needs and can meet us where we are — if we let Him. Even more prepared than a Boy Scout, Jesus has a never-ending supply of everything we need.


  • Looking back, can you see a time when God anticipated a need in your life and met it? How did that change your faith?
  • What do you need today? What’s stopping you from asking Jesus to help you with that today?

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