I need a miracle - I Have Nothing Left
Life sometimes feels like climbing a steep incline or an impossible mountain. If we’re not experiencing it now, it’s coming. During these times, we sometimes cry, “I have nothing left!” What impossible challenge are you facing in your life today?
As you consider this question, let us look at the story in John 6 of an impossible situation that Jesus’ disciples faced. The story began with Jesus taking His weary disciples (who were returning from a successful ministry trip) to a remote place to spend some quality time alone with Him. But a crowd followed them: “The number … was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Matthew 14:21 (NIV)
By evening, the crowd needed to be fed, and there was no ready source of food. His followers saw the impossibility of the situation immediately and asked, “What are we going to do now?” Sometimes we, too, limit Jesus when faced with an impossible situation, thinking there is no way out.
But with Jesus, the impossible becomes possible when:
1. We focus on our Saviour
We must focus on the fact that the God of the impossible always knows what He is going to do. We should never focus on the size of the problem and the scale of the situation. When faced with an impossible situation, let’s focus on the power of the God of the impossible and not on the seeming impossibility of the problem. He knows the end from the beginning, and He is also in charge of all that comes in-between and controls the ultimate outcome. God uses these impossibilities to test or deepen our faith. Peter said: “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)
2. We recognise our own powerlessness
Simply admit the impossibility of the situation and acknowledge that Jesus can deal with it. Let’s say to Jesus, “I have nothing left, it’s impossible. But I know I can trust You to solve this impossible situation.”
3. We have the right response
It is often not the stress or test we face that is important but our response that really counts for time and eternity. In the story, Andrew thought he could find the solution to the impossible by searching for food among the crowd. But when he found a boy with only five loaves of bread and two fish, his response was, “... but how far will they go among so many?” John 6:9b (NIV) At times, instead of looking at the possibilities, we overemphasise the negative. “My relationship will never work. I have too many bills, I can’t afford to tithe. How can I keep on swimming upstream alone against the tide?” By our words, we are denying the power of God and His Word. The boy didn’t have a lot to give, but he gave all he had. That’s all God asks of us.
4. We relax and rely completely on Him
When we face the impossible, let go and let God. Let’s relax our grip and place our impossibility into the hands of the One mighty in battle, the Lord God Almighty. As long as we do not release ourselves and our impossibilities into His omnipotent care, we are doomed to stagger and struggle under a load of worry and care; we were not made for the load.
Is our God able today? Surely, the great God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can come to our aid today. Let us believe Him. Some things require more than we think we can do, so let’s trust His greatness and never assess a difficult/impossible situation in the light of our own resources. Let’s offer them up to God, who is the source of our life.