“Where are we going to get the money to pay for this? How are we supposed to make this happen? Is this even possible?”
Have you found yourself ever asking questions like these or others like them? Are you facing an impossible situation, right now?
In each question, you can hear the sense of doubt. You also hear self-sufficiency; a mindset that speaks, “I’m the only one in which this situation depends.”
I believe God enjoys these times in our life. Not because he wants us to suffer, but because we are ready to learn something new about ourselves and him.
Understand this, God has you right where you are. He knows your limited resources, but he also knows you can take responsibility for what you beleive.
He is telling you, “Take a step of faith – Bring me what you have – I’ll take care of the miracle.”
Our questions, doubts, independence, and “all is on me” mindset was shared with Jesus’ disciples. For example:
Jesus saw the vast crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.”
But Jesus said, “You feed them.”
“With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!”
“How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”
They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.”
Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples, so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed (Mark 6:34-44).
Jesus gives his disciples a directive, asks a question, and then has them partner with him in the miracle he is about to perform.
“You feed them,” says “take a step of faith.” Jesus pointed out their lack of resources, only to point them to the One who had all the means needed to feed the crowds.
“How much bread do you have?” reveals that his followers had something to offer. They could take responsibility for their faith.
“Go and find out,” invites the disciples into the miracle. They went in search of what was available, brought it to Jesus, and then Jesus used what they had to perform the impossible.
Miracles happen in our life for a more significant reason than meeting a physical need. They happen to increase faith and to offer us the opportunity to join Jesus in the process.
Jesus is an interactive teacher. He does not want us to stand by and watch Him work. As Henry Blackaby teaches in his study, Experiencing God, God wants us to join him where he is working.
Let’s be honest, how much more do we gain when we take part in the learning process, vs. just observing? Who appreciates the win more, the players in the field or the fans in the stands? Jesus is in the business of life change. Knowledge lasts a moment, but knowledge by experience makes an eternal mark.
In what way does Jesus want you to take a step of faith? Where is he asking you to partner with him? How can you be a part of the miracle? Bless us with your comments. Your faith steps encourage others to have faith too!