Updated: Feb 1, 2021
We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t face impossible things. None of us can say that every single thing we’ve ever hoped for, dreamed of, endeavored to do has happened. From our earliest attempts at anything, really, we’ve encountered impossibilities. The chubby little hands of a toddler cannot keep a tower of building blocks from toppling over; the swiftest runner faces impossible challenges in a race against other champions; the most brilliant surgeon discovers impossible complications during surgery. It is often painfully easy to see our human limitations and surrender to defeat and failure.
In a conversation with the disciples, Jesus explained how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God— “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,” he told them. They were astonished at this analogy, knowing that He was describing an impossible situation. “Who then can be saved?” the disciples asked Him, as they realized no one could perform such a feat. Jesus’ response compared the limitations of man to the limitations of God: But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 NKJV). Salvation can never be obtained by man’s laws or standards or requirements. Salvation is only possible through God’s standard: His saving grace through knowing Jesus Christ.
Beyond salvation, though, what about all the other impossibilities we face? Is there any hope? The answer is YES! Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible (NLT). The Greek word for “possible,” dunatos, means powerful, capable, strong. A literal translation is, “With God everything is powerful, capable, and strong.” Nothing God has ever said is without power. In fact, He is omni-potent, or all-powerful. Psalm 62:11 says, God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God (NKJV).
With God, everything is powerful, capable, and strong. When impossible situations arise, and we are un-powerful, incapable, and too weak to change them, the God of the impossible can! By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT). How many “That’s impossible!” situations are staring you in the face? Turn them over to the God of the impossible, and see what happens by His divine power!
© 2020, Chris Werre