The Faith Challenge

Mark 8:4 “Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?”

This verse is an interesting revelation into the challenge of faith in God. The verse comes from the story of Jesus feeding 4000 people who were following Him to hear His teaching and see His signs and wonders. The disciples seemed to be expressing the challenge of faith that we all can struggle with on a daily basis. When confronted with the seemingly impossible, our faith wavers despite what God has previously done in our life. We all want to walk in faith, but too often the facts can get in the way of our faith. For the disciples the facts were 4000 hungry people and a lack of enough food to feed them. This was a logistical nightmare, a heavy burden for the disciples to shoulder, an opportunity to fail and cause permanent damage to their testimony.

Do we struggle with the same things when faced with our own faith challenge? When the impossible confronts us, do we waver in our confidence in Jesus ability, care, and plan for our life. The Bible is full of verses about God’s great love, care, and faithfulness to His children, and yet. . .

I’m not sure what crisis of faith you are currently struggling with, but remember, we all struggle with having faith in God due to the circumstances we face.

Here is the irony, in Mark 6 Jesus feeds 5000 people. In other words, they were facing a situation in which Jesus had already performed a miracle and fed a larger number of people. Their wavering faith is based on a new situation and the stress of the moment. We have seen God move in the past, but somehow we convince ourselves that this time is different; the same God couldn’t possible do the same miracle again.

Be encouraged, our God is still in the business of encouraging and growing our faith by involving us in His next miracle. The same God who has been faithful in the past, will be faithful in our life today.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Anchored in Hope,

Pastor Phil

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