“That’s impossible! No one can do it!”
“God can! He can do anything!”
How often have I heard this conversation? I heard it as a child when my innocent and puerile mind viewed God as a superman, an uber-superhero. Within a few years this was replaced by the cynicism of my atheistic adolescence, and I mocked others with this same phrase. But I finally believed it as an adult when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. If God is who He says He is, why wouldn’t He be able to do anything, even turning the heart of a self-absorbed and petulant young adult into a believer? God can do the impossible. The Bible reassures us of this promise throughout thousands of years of history.
Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
Jeremiah 32:17 (ESV)
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 (ESV)
For nothing will be impossible with God.
Luke 1:37 (ESV)
When we pray and ask God for intervention in our lives and in others, we may ask for the seemingly impossible. Even if the prayer is for a seemingly noble cause like seeking a cure for a family member afflicted with a life threatening disease, we must always remember that God is not our cosmic bellhop or personal servant. We pray in the will of God through the Holy Spirit’s guidance and prompting. We should follow the example of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 14:36 (ESV)
Nothing is impossible with God, but He may not always grant our desires. He gives us what we need, not necessarily what we desire. Even for the agonizing request of His Son, Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane, God’s answer was no. Why? How could God turn away from His own Son’s request? It was not in His will. His purpose in leading Jesus to the Cross and the humiliating crucifixion was to reconcile the broken relationship that sin had ruptured between God and man. God did not spare His own Son because He loved us and accomplished through Jesus’ death and resurrection what a lifetime of anyone’s good works or moral living could never accomplish. God did the impossible.
Nothing is impossible with God.
He sacrificed His Only Son to prove this.
Thanks be to the Living God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.