"I Can't Do That!" Exactly
“But Jesus said to them, ‘They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!’” (Matthew 14:16)
Jesus asked His disciples to do something that was clearly impossible. There were five thousand men, along with their families, and they were famished. There were only five loaves of bread and two small fish – obviously not enough to feed a multitude. They could have ordered out, but the cost of feeding that kind of crows was not in the disciples’ budget.
It may have seemed absurd to the disciples that Jesus would tell them to distribute the tiny amount of food to such a huge crowd, but that is exactly what Jesus did. And, because Jesus had given the command, the disciples obeyed – and witnessed one of the most incredible miracles recounted in the Bible.
Christ will lead you into many situations that will seem impossible, and our first instinct is to head the other way. We feel overwhelmed, unprepared – maybe even ill-equipped. We just don’t think we can do what Jesus has told us to do and, frankly, don’t know why He would even ask. We must resist the urge to avoid these times. At all costs, stay in the middle of these circumstances, because that is where you will experience God.
The key difference between what appears to be impossible to us, and what is actually possible, is the presence of the Master! Faith accepts His divine command and steps out in a direction that only God can complete. Listen, if we only attempt the things we are sure we can do – only undertake the possible – armed with the resources that we are able to provide ourselves, we won’t have the opportunity to see God at work. Oh sure, we will receive the credit for a job well done, but God won’t have any part in it.
What things are you facing in your life right now that seem impossible? Is God leading you in a direction that seems too hard, too impossible, for you to travel? Have you received a word from the One who waits for you to take the next step in faith? If you will move forward with what He has told you, no matter how impractical or hopeless it may be, you will experience the joy of seeing the Lord perform a miracle, and so will those around you.