TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible.


As an adolescent, I had the typical human struggles with self-concept. I remember struggling hard with some Algebra concepts in 7th grade. My dad got me a tutor who at the time gave me a humanistic version of Philippians 4:13. The words he gave me encouraged me to believe in myself because I could do all things. Well, immediately, I knew that was not true. Positive thinking only works when you are convinced that the possible can happen. I knew my limitations. There were simply somethings that were not going to happen regardless of how positive I was.

As God intervened in my life several years later, I learned the difference between positive thinking and faith. Hebrews 11 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.(NIV) or Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.(NKJV)” Faith is being able to believe in spite of your limitations because the object of your faith, God, has no limitations. We only learn this through experience. Life with God is a faith walk. It is on this walk that we learn TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible.

In the post TRUST: Don’t Laugh Just Believe, it was discussed that God often tells us to believe in what appears to be absurd i.e. an impossibility. With God, impossible becomes I’m Possible as Keith Brown would say. God is possible because God has no limitations on His power to accomplish His desires. Let’s see TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible in action.

Mark 6

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[h]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 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 his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Did you see TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible? Let me walk with you in it. Jesus tells his disciples to feed the people of which there were thousands. It was also late in the day. Jesus had been teaching the people out of His compassion for them. Again, it was late in the day. This is what took place when a disciple came to Jesus.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, You give them something to eat.

The disciple wanted to tell the people to move on, so they could get something to eat. Jesus told his disciples “You give them something to eat.” Now, we can relate to them on this level. We believe that God has told us to do something that is beyond our means or ability to do it. When it is definitely something God has told us to do, we can expect God to do for us what He did for the disciples. When God gives a directive or command to do something, He will provide you what you need to accomplish that task.

It seemed absurd to the disciples to get thousands of people something to eat. We know this by the recorded response – “That would take more than half a year’s wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?” It was absurd because the amount seemed too much. For us, it could be that we have very little or nothing that God asks for. Give it because God can provide. Remember the widow in 1 Kings 17.  She received more than she thought just as the disciples saw Jesus do by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish into enough to feed thousands. We too will receive more than enough when we TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible. 

What has God called or commanded you to do that seems impossible? It is not with Him. Jesus tells us so in Luke 18:27. “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” crf. This is the I’m Possible for our lives. God can and will do what He has called or commanded us to do. Again, What has God called or commanded you to do that seems impossible? Stand on these truths, trust God and watch Him do the impossible. Why? TRUST: Jesus Can Do the Impossible. 

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