Wednesday, August 10, 2022


When they were confronted by the hungry crowds on the Galilean hills, the disciples suggested that Jesus send the people to the surrounding villages for food.

Jesus’ reply is astounding: ‘You give them something to eat’ (Mark 6:37). They thought he wanted them to pay for the food–which would have cost them nearly a year’s wages.

He was actually offering them the opportunity to perform a miracle.

It is clear he believed they could do it if they wanted. The problem was that they didn’t!

They had faith in God and his ability to perform such a miracle. But they didn’t have faith in themselves to be his agents.

Many times we are in a similar position. We are quite sure God can do anything he wants to but we are not at all sure we can! We are not even confident God can do what he wants to do through us.

Yet Jesus taught clearly this is what can happen.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you’ (Matthew 17:20).

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

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