Give Up Worry for Good Week 5, Day 4

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” (John 6:8–9)

I can’t do it. This is too much for me. Why bother? These are common reactions to the challenges we face every day. Responding this way, however, totally ignores the power of Jesus and His desire to help us with our daily struggles.

Here’s what I wrote in Give Up Worry For Good

When the disciples were faced with the dilemma of how to feed five thousand hungry people, Jesus tested Philip by posing the question, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” (Jn 6:5). The apostle responded by stating that they didn’t have enough money to buy the needed food. Andrew acknowledged that they had some food (five loaves and two fish) but concluded it was not enough to feed such a crowd.

Had they forgotten what had happened at the wedding in Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine? For some reason, it never even occurred to them to ask for the Lord’s assistance. Then, as if to remind them, Jesus multiplied the loaves and fish so that all could eat.

I’m not trying to downplay the difficulties we face every day, but we have Someone on our side who specializes in doing the impossible. Jesus never asks us to do more than we can. He asks us to do what we can. You may not be able to perform any miracles, but you know Someone who can. Jesus is waiting for you to invite Him into your problem. He has a history of making the impossible possible. Give Him a chance.

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