Your Problem is Not Your PROBLEM

Title: “Your Problem is Not Your PROBLEM”
Text: Mark 8:1-9

“And His disciples replied to Him, ‘Where will anyone be able to find enough bread here in this desolate place to satisfy these people?’. . . And taking the seven loaves, He gave thanks and broke them, and started giving them to His disciples to serve, …They also had a few small fish; and after He had blessed them, He told the disciples to serve these as well.  And they ate and were satisfied” (Mk. 8:4-8).

Jesus’ disciples – though they had been with Jesus for some time now – were very slow to learn.  They’d seen Him heal the sick, blind, mute, and demon-possessed.  They’d been under His teaching for almost two years. And they’d seen Him feed a mega-crowd of 5000+ people!  Yet, faced with another obstacle… big though it was… they failed the test once again.  For their biggest obstacle wasn’t the size of the crowd, nor the lack of food…

Their biggest obstacle was their lack of faith. Their problem wasn’t their problem… their problem was their unbelief.  After all they’d seen, after all they’d heard, they still were held captive by unbelief.

The same is as true of us as it was with the disciples.  Our biggest obstacle is not the size of the problem we’re facing; it’s not a lack of resources… it is simply a lack of faith and an unbelieving heart.  After all we’ve seen God do in our lives… after all we’ve read in His Word… we still don’t believe He is who He claims to be.  We wonder why our spiritual growth seems so stunted, why it seems like… after following Jesus for as long as we have… we have little to show for it, as far as spiritual maturity.  The issue is our own heart… What will it take for us to take God at His Word?  What will it take for us to believe He is who He says He is, and can do in our lives what He’s done in the lives of others… what we’ve seen Him do before in our own lives? 

This is a powerful lesson for us: we must check our hearts and be honest with ourselves.  Truth is, we can’t say we trust God for our salvation, but not trust Him to take care of us day by day… to meet our needs… and to overcome the challenges that we face that are too huge for us.  He wants to show up strong on our behalf… He wants to do the impossible for us – “For the eyes of the LORD roam throughout the earth, so that He may strongly support those whose heart is complete His” (2 Chronicles 16:9).  As He was with the disciples, so Jesus is teaching us to completely trust Him… to trust Him, no matter how big the obstacle and no matter the size of our need.

“Your way, O God, is holy; what god is great like our God?  You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples” (Psalm 77:13-14).

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