Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Being Inadequate

Saying that I'm not able to do something is hard. Maybe it's because I'm a man, maybe it's because I'm competitive or maybe it's because I'm a human like all of you. To admit that we don't know something or that we can't do something is difficult.
This will leave us feeling inadequate in our lives. It is at this point when we have one of two choices to make. We either realize that there is a God that can complete us and through His power make us adequate or we can dive down deep into depression and start searching this world for things that will make us content, happy, etc.
There is a story in the Bible called the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand'-a story that most of you know. Jesus takes 5 barley loaves and 2 fish from a young boy and from this offering creates a miracle to feed over 5 thousand people in one afternoon. What intrigues me about this story was what one disciple said leading up to the miracle.
Jesus asks Philip where shall we buy bread for all of these people? Did Jesus know that he was going to produce a mass miracle at this time-probably. But he wanted to 'test' Philip to see if he would trust Him. Up till now Jesus was doing mostly one on one miracles, and the disciples were just part of the crowd watching. What Jesus was preparing to do now involved them all! There would surely be some problems if Jesus wanted to feed these people. A riot could occur or these men might be brought to the royal officials as blasphemers! And so Philip isn't informing Jesus about the money that would be needed, he's pleading with Him to do something else with these people.
 We can't do this! We don't have the bread or the money! Jesus, we are inadequate for what you ask!

2 Corinthians 3:5, 'Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God...'

Ephesians 3:20, 'Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us...'

Do you feel inadequate at times? Take hope in the Lord-you might be on the verge of a miracle.


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