|Posted on January 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM|
Lately I have been impressed with the fact that our God is the God of the impossible. He continues to do for us what is impossible for us to do for ourselves. Every aspect of our salvation is a miracle of God doing the impossible. He has saved us from the guilt and penalty of sin by crucifying the old, selfish persons we were and creating a new person in holiness and true righteousness. He continues to save us from the habit and power of sin in our daily lives by indwelling us with the Holy Spirit, who comforts us, teaches us, guides us, reminds us, and leads us to do the works he has before ordained that we should do. He will save us from the very presence of sin by giving us that glorified body that is already reserved for us in heaven and a mansion in his own eternal house.
Even a casual knowledge of the Bible (which is an impossible book itself) proves our God to be the God of the impossible. To Noah he said to build and ark because he was going to destroy the world with a flood…impossible. To Abraham he said he was going to make a great nation through his barren wife…impossible. To Moses he said tell the people trapped between the Red Sea and Pharos army to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…impossible. To Joshua he promised to bring down the walls of Jericho…impossible. To David he said go kill that giant with a sling shot…impossible. To the three Hebrew children he said walk with me in the fiery furnace…impossible. To Daniel he said relax and sleep in the lion’s den…impossible. To his only begotten Son, Jesus, he said heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind, cleanse the leper, feed the multitudes, and raise the dead…impossible. It seems our God delights in doing the impossible!
The biblical record is all well and good, but what about my life today? Is our God still the God of the impossible? I know he has done the impossible in saving me, but what about my everyday life and circumstances? Most of us run into situations in life that seem impossible. We worry and fret and rack our brains trying to figure out how we are going to get through this time or situation. Often, we pray asking God to do this or that to make things work out for us and still find ourselves in a state of confusion. We are still facing an impossible situation.
Being a loving God, he has promised us that all things, even this troubling situation, work together for our own good. Even though we may not know what to pray for we are encouraged to let our requests be known to God through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. By simply turning our worries into prayers God does the impossible…He gives us a peace, His peace, that is beyond our understanding. We do not know why we have peace, but we do. Nothing has changed, but we have a peace about it now because our God is a God of the impossible and will do whatever is best for us. Whether he miraculously changes our situation or simply gives us the satisfaction we need to endure the situation is up to Him. Either way he will do the impossible.
To maintain that miraculous peace God gives us what we need to focus our attention on the positive things that are currently and could possibly happen. All too often our minds are filled with negative self talk especially in difficult times. It is easy to focus only on the bad things that are threatening us rather than the good things we must be thankful for. Remembering our God is the God of the impossible will help us recognize the many ways he has already blessed us and provided for us in the past. As we meditate on the blessings in the past and present, we are more likely to think positively about our future. Trusting God’s promise gives us the hope (joyful and confident expectation of our future) we need to fulfill our calling to love others like Christ. No matter what it looks like now, we know we cannot lose!