What to do when things seem impossible


Matthew 14:13-21 says,  “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the 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 villages and buy themselves some food.’ 

Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’

‘We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,’ they answered. Bring them here to me,’ he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.”

The disciples were faced with what they considered an impossible circumstance.  The one thing they failed to understand was that Jesus was with them.

The question I want to answer this week is, “What do we do when things seem impossible?”

The first thing we should do, is take whatever we have to Jesus.  Jesus instructed the disciples to bring Him the bread and the fish.  Only Jesus could take a little and turn it into a lot.  So often we look at our circumstances and we get discouraged because we just can’t see how things will work out. Even though we might not see the answer, Jesus can.  The beautiful thing about Christ is that He already knows what is coming and how you will deal with it.  No matter what it is, we must bring it to Jesus and lay it at His feet. He can take a little faith and turn it into a miracle.

The second thing we must do is give thanks to the father.  When the disciples had brought the bread and fish to Jesus He immediately lifted them up to heaven and gave thanks to God for His provision.  Have you given thanks to God lately for the things He has given you?  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When we are thankful to God in every circumstance, we offer up the appropriate attitude to the creator of the universe.  I believe that if we are thankful in the bad times and the good times, God will pour out His blessings on us.

The third thing we must do when things seem impossible is step out in faith.  After Jesus had given thanks to God, He then gave the baskets to the disciples and they began to distribute the food to all the people.  The miracle wouldn’t have happened if the disciples hadn’t actually passed the food to the people. When they began to pass the food they were saying I believe that Jesus can do anything.  The same thing applies to you and me.  When we take our circumstances to Jesus and give thanks, we must then act in faith in regards to those circumstances.  It does absolutely no good to pray for a job and then sit at home and not apply for one.  We must put action behind our faith or it is dead.

Then finally we must celebrate the abundance of God’s victory in our life.  After the disciples had passed out the food they gathered up twelve baskets full of pieces that were left over.  God doesn’t want to do a mediocre work in your life, He wants you to experience His abundance.  If we are faithful in our walk, He will in turn be faithful to us. 

Don’t settle for what the world can give you, bring your family and your circumstances to Jesus and allow Him to work a miracle.

God bless and have a great week in the Lord. 

Wade Phillips is senior pastor of Madisonville Christian Fellowship.