What in your life seems impossible? There is a difference between difficult and impossible.
Difficulties seem to have solutions, while impossibilities lack them. Difficulties still have hope while impossibilities do not. We tend to think we can handle difficulties if we just hang in there long enough. Impossibilities cause us to give up.
God wants to work in your difficult and impossible situations. Lord Coggan said, “When God intends to make something wonderful He begins with a difficulty. When he intends to make something very wonderful, he begins with impossibility.”
Only God can make the possibly impossible possible and create very wonderful out of miserable.
Jesus’ birth was not just a difficulty, it was an impossibility. Mary was a virgin. We see Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel’s announcement of Jesus’ birth in Luke 1:34-37. “Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’ And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.’”
I’m reminded of God’s ability to make the possibly impossible, possible throughout Scripture. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” It is God’s nature to do the impossible. He is still the God of miracles. Only God can create life. The conception of a baby is a miracle in itself. But God stepped up the miracle of birth with the impossibility of a virgin birth. Only God can breathe human, sinless life into the already existent divine second person of the Trinity through the womb of a virgin. Only God can orchestrate Jesus being fully God and fully human at the same time!
Remember when Abraham and Sarah were awaiting the promise of a son? They were old, too old to have kids as they were 100 and 90 respectively, but God promised and delivered the impossible. God told them, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). Remember when the Israelites were complaining about their food source and God told Moses He would feed almost a million of them for a month? God asked them, “Is the Lord’s power limited?” (Numbers 11:23).
Job recognized God’s ability to do the impossible when he said, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted” Job 42:2). Isaiah said the Lord’s hand is not so short it cannot save and His ear is not so dull it cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1). Jeremiah said, “Nothing is too difficult for You” (Jeremiah 32:17). Jesus said about salvation, “with man it is impossible but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
What is your impossibility? Is it too big for God? Absolutely not! God can accomplish through you what you have written off as impossible. God can change the impossible circumstances in your life but the biggest thing He wants to change is you. You are not impossible. Never say “never” when it comes to what God can do through and especially in you.
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Stephen Harrison is associate pastor of Family Church at White Hall.
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