Faith vs. the Fear of Inadequacy
(Matt. 8:23-27, 14:14-21)
You Feed Them (Matt. 14:16)
Jesus will sometimes call upon us to do what appears to be impossible.
The Fear of Inadequacy
Feared that they lacked the ability to survive the storm (Matt. 8:25, believed about to
perish, Matt. 8:24, being covered by waves, Luke 8:23, filling with water, Mark 4:37,
What kinds of \u201cstorms\u201d have you experienced? (2 Cor. 6:4-10)
Feared that they lacked the resources to feed the multitude (Matt. 14:17, Compare Num.
Have you ever felt that you lacked the resources to respond to a great need?
Theses are very human responses when faced with overwhelming threats or needs.
African proverb says, "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
\u201cStorms\u201d help us to realize that we have a limited ability to control events in our lives and
therefore need to rely on God. (1 Cor. 1:8-9)
Our abilities and resources are sometimes inadequate for the challenges presented us.
However, fear sometimes causes us to forget the nearness of God and the availability of His
assistance, and in doing so, to falter in our faith (Matt. 8:26)
The disciples displayed a lack of faith in regard to feeding the multitude despite the fact
that they had just watched Jesus heal the sick (Matt. 14:14) What was one more need?
Bring them to me (Matt. 14:18)
Meager as our resources are, Jesus asks us to give them into my hands.
What resources? Our limited time, our limited money, our limited skills and abilities, our
imperfect love, our limited knowledge & wisdom, our weak faith, etc.
We should take an honest and realistic account of our resources before appealing to God (Mark
Why? So we can truly appreciate the miraculous things He accomplishes with them
when we give them into his hands!