The Notion of the Impossible

We know the God who parted a whole sea. He has made donkeys talk to people (Numbers 22). We know a God that caused fortified city walls to crumble at the marching of feet. (Joshua 6). We know a God that caused leaping flames to descend from the sky at the piercing prayer of one of his chosen. (1 Kings 18). We know that God. We know the God that choked up that same sky, withholding rain from the land for three years at the request of the same prophet. (1 Kings 17). We know the God that emboldened a little shepherd boy to defy the enemies of God’s people, bringing them to their knees with the throw of a single stone. (1 Samuel 17). We know the God who made prison walls quake without lifting a finger, cracking the shackles from the ankles and wrists of his apostles. (Acts 16). We know the God that called Lazarus, stinking and decomposing in his tomb, back to life (John 11)–the God who did the same for his Son. (John 19-20).

Nothing is impossible to the God of Impossibilities. Nothing. There is absolutely nothing that God cannot do, and that gives us reason to hope.

When we want to give up, and think a goal is out of reach, or that a particular thing won’t ever happen for us, we must remember Jesus and his power that is in us to do exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think, according to His power in us. (Ephesians 3:20). It’s so easy to be distracted by what’s in front of us–to be distracted by how we feel. It’s true that age brings wisdom, but if we’re not careful, it can also bring cynicism. We tell ourselves things like “I’ve struggled with this for so long. My parent has struggled with this for so long. My grandparent has struggled with this for so long. It will never be different for me. I can’t escape this. I can’t reach this goal; no one in my family has done this.” And on and on. If we don’t pay attention, our life experiences and personal history become the fertile breeding ground for constant lies that we feed ourselves. We serve a God who can do all things. Period. We only need to open the pages of the Bible to be reminded of what He can do with a willing and open heart. That is all he needs from us.

Let’s forget about what we don’t have. The time we don’t think we have to devote to a thing. The energy we don’t think we have. The money we don’t think we have. The knowledge we don’t think we have. The actual physical capacity that we think we lack. Let’s put all of that behind us, forgetting what’s behind and pressing toward the mark, the thing calling us forward. (Philippians 3:12-14). It is difficult to constantly and consistently believe in the Lord’s ability to do the seemingly impossible. This belief requires a daily washing of our thoughts and a daily reminder of who the Lord is and the power that he possesses. Maintaining this belief is a difficult task, but not an impossible one. It is a task that Jesus calls us to daily. Let’s answer His call and watch Him turn the impossible into a reality.

Lord, this thing seems impossible. I feel like everywhere I turn I see walls that stop me and block me from doing the thing I know you have called me to do. Help me to hear your whispers of reassurance over my screaming doubts. Help me to focus on you and your power to do all things, even this seemingly impossible thing I’m asking for right now. I know that you are a God who sees me, who loves me, and you are a God who guides me. Make a way for me, Lord. In your unmatched power, make a way for me so that I can once again see your glory, and proclaim your goodness. Amen.

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