TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece titled “Believing the Impossible,” which was about believing in what the Bible says about God’s miracles and trusting that the Word of God is true and inerrant. Conveniently enough — this particular blog hardly got any social media or web traffic. I can’t imagine why that would be since my blog went out the same way it always does — same time, same audience*. The topic is the only thing that changes… crazy, right?! It always amazes me how certain topics break through Facebook algorithms better than others… Funny how that works.
(Insert sarcasm here, Zuckerberg.)
Today, I want to go back to this topic of the impossible but from a different perspective. In Luke 1:37, the angel said to Mary, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
Go to Pinterest and search for memes about impossible… You’ll get stuff like:
- “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’”
- Remember: Difficult does not mean impossible.
- It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
- Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
- Strength comes from facing and overcoming that which we once thought was impossible.
Search for yourself. The search term was “impossible quotes,” though try not to do as I did and type “impossible quiche.” (It does look like a yummy recipe, though.) This is the tip of the iceberg of all the motivational sayings the Internet has collected about “impossible.”
And yet — this same world that declares that the impossible is possible is the same world that says God is not. They say we who believe are stupid. That we believe a fairytale. That there’s no such thing as God.
The arrogance of humanity is staggering. If people can be so confident in the idea of “impossible,” why would we doubt that God is impossible?!
Let me assure you while borrowing a movie title: God’s Not Dead.
He is very much alive and active in our lives. And in our arrogant assumptions that we can achieve the impossible, let us remember that God is stronger. He is smarter. And He is capable of anything. As the prophet, Jeremiah said, “‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17).
As we set out to achieve the impossible, let us remember too that while yes — Jesus did say, “All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23), that keyword is “believes.” It’s not believing in ourselves. We are imperfect, limited beings. I can’t teleport myself to get the refill of my coffee that I need right now just by “believing.”
It’s about believing in God. Mark would also record more of Jesus’ Words in Mark 10:27, “for with God all things are possible.” And that key phrase is “with God.” If you scroll up to the first verse in this blog — Luke 1:37 — “with God” is the key phrase there too.
Incidentally, believing that God will transport me to the coffee maker is about being thankful and acknowledging the two legs He gave me to walk to the kitchen — in itself a miracle because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God (Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:26).
All this to say — yes, let’s believe in the impossible. But give credit where credit is due. It all goes to God — the One who makes impossible things possible. The One Paul was referring to when he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Today, as you pray, thank God for His ability to do impossible things. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you put your hope for the impossible in perspective… that you will lean on Him and trust in God’s will for the impossibilities that He will bring to your life.
*The one time in over four years of writing My Grace-Full Life — the prayer did not go out via email yesterday. My apologies! I was late posting it on the website, and the blog missed the posting window with the software that generates the emails.
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