Moving from ‘had enough’ to I have enough
What trips/adventures have you had that have gone pear shaped ?
How did you get in trouble, how did you get out ?
Lament : It’s been 2 years of Covid…What are you tired of ? In the Psalms it’s perfectly acceptable to complain to God about the stuff we hate. Make a list of things that grieve you. Write them down – turn them into a prayer – acknowledging them to God.
Exodus: In Exodus : 14:11, 15:24, 16:3, 17:3 the people grumble. They don’t yet know who Yahweh is. Why do you think God allowed them to be in need ? In each case there is a miraculous response. Did that stop them grumbling ?
Have you ever run out of money ? Lived without an income ? Wondered how you would survive ? What was that like ?
Did people provide ?
How nervous about the future are you ? Which of these things make you worry about the future ? Inflation ? War ? Covid ? Unemployment ? Climate Change ? retirement ? Other ?
Jesus seems to draw a distinction between coming to Jesus for what he provides, and coming to Jesus because of who he is. Jesus re-points them at God, not the task.
Reflect : Pause and consider why you come to Jesus ?
In John 6 Jesus uses an active verb to talk about the Father in heaven who ‘gives’.
What has God given you ?
What has God used you to give to others ?
How are our lives different : “If we believe we don’t have enough ?” or if we believe God will give us more than enough ?
What does that look like in your life ?