Vintage Message: John 6:1-21

Vintage message from August 12, 2001.

You know what? So many times in my life I have not had a clue as to what God was going to do. I just knew He said do it… We had to take a step of faith and say, “You know what, Lord? You brought us here. We know You’re going to provide.” But there were many times, in waiting on Him to provide, that we found ourselves saying, “God, we have no clue how You’re going to work this one out.” You know what? That’s not a bad place to be as long as you know that Jesus is standing next to you. That’s not a bad place to be. He knows we’re going to have doubts. He knows we’re going to have struggles. He knows that we’re not going to always understand His Word or the things that He’s doing in His Word. He knows that. He’s not asking us to be God. He’s simply asking us to trust God…

This is where I find most of us: when Jesus asks us to do something, we argue with Him about it. We try to tell Him all the reasons why we can’t do something, rather than to say, “I don’t know how You’re going to accomplish it, but I’m willing to let You accomplish it.” We become afraid, and we run and hide from what God wants to do…

You know, part of seeing miracles, part of seeing God’s power, is simply sitting and waiting. Not running in panic, not doubting, not believing, but just simply sitting and waiting to see what God is going to do…

Sometimes, though, He chooses to not do the miracle the way we would have Him do the miracle… No matter how vivid or active our imagination is, we oftentimes do not see the power of God in the miracles that He wants to do, and He doesn’t do His miracles halfway…

[When] I’m faced with a test, I’m faced with a challenge, but you know what? I quickly come to the place of realizing it has nothing to do with me, but it has everything to do with the One doing the miracle. He already knows what He’s going to do. I’ll just relax about it and let Him do it. I’ll just sit back and let Him do His work. Instead of getting in His way — and you know what? That’s what I find oftentimes, because I want to participate, because I want people to see who I am, I want people to see that I’m this great, giant man of faith — I sometimes do things that gets in His way and hinders the work that He wants to do, when all He’s doing is telling me, “Have a seat and see the blessing. Have a seat and get your belly filled. Have a seat and receive the miracle that I want to give you, and then pick up the pieces afterwards and see the abundance of the blessing that you’ve just received…”

Pastor Dave Elkins