I wanted to reblog a post from the archives of Another Red Letter Day. This was first posted in September of last year, but it's worth pondering afresh today.
The Word of God tells us we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible.
'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, - Jeremiah 32:17
In three of the gospels Jesus says similar things:
And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." - Matthew 19:26
Looking at them, Jesus said, "With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God." - Mark 10:27
"For nothing will be impossible with God." - Luke 1:37
But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God." - Luke 18:27
Notice, in each of these instances the phrase the translators chose is “with God” rather than the Jeremiah passage where it’s translated “for You (God)”
I often hear folks pray for the impossible in a more or less resigned manner. It’s almost as if we pray for the impossible, but really don’t expect God is in the mood to stir up all that – what – Godness? – power to pull off this amazing feat.
Our perception of God’s ability to do the impossible seems grounded in the mythology of Greek and Roman God’s who were moody, and mostly just humans with super powers.
So we pray (ok this may be a little exaggerated – but it’s just for emphasis.)
“Lord, I know you are the God of the impossible, and nothing is too difficult for you, so will you please ___________________.”
Yesterday, I was reading Mark Shields blog, “Nothing will be Impossible,” and the verse he quotes at the end really struck me.
And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” - Matthew 17:20
Do you see the difference?
It’s really not different. Remember, Jesus told us in each of those other verses that nothing is impossible WITH God, only this time He switched it up.
Let’s just mash it all together and say
Nothing is impossible for YOU with GOD.
In this Matthew 17 passage, Jesus is talking about the power of faith.
Let me take you one step further – do you have 2 more minutes?
In Hebrews 11, God’s wonderful “Hall of Faith” the writer lists the heroes of faith and their faith exploits, the impossible stuff they did because they had that mustard seed sized faith.
Most of our heroes of faith gain that distinction because of the impossible obedience they walked in, not because of their amazing exploits.
- Able offered a sacrifice
- Enoch walked with God
- Noah built and Ark
- Abraham obeyed God
- Sarah conceived a son in her old age (ok – there’s a miracle)
- Moses refused nobility, took the reproach of His people, left Egypt, kept the Passover, passed through the Red Sea (ok – there’s another one)
- Do you see where I am going with this.
The most impossible thing we are called to do is live a life filled “WITH God.”
What impossible thing is God asking you to do today?
Perhaps the impossible for you is loving your kid today.
Maybe God is asking you to serve your spouse.
Is God asking you to tell the truth, take responsibility, for something you did or something you should have done?
Or maybe it’s just telling someone about Jesus, and what He's done in your life.
OK – get ready for the main point:
Nothing will be impossible for YOU (with God.) [Tweet This]
Go and do that impossible thing.