But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you’re asking God for seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith being tested?
Perhaps, you feel completely trapped, hedged in and overwhelmed, with no solution in sight. Maybe you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. Or, your heart is heavy with doubt as you can’t figure out what to do next, for there appears to be nothing you can do about what you now face. On an emotional rollercoaster, you could be wondering, “How can things change for the better?”
However, impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work. Have faith. With man it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible.
In the Bible, God led the Israelites by way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Then, he guided the people around in a large circle. As the people camped at the edge of the Red Sea, they noticed that the mountains were on one side, and the sea was on the other side of them.
When the Israelites saw Pharaoh’s soldiers in the distance charging toward them, it appeared as though they were trapped with no apparent way out. Terrified, the people cried out to Moses in despair. There seemed to be no hope for them at all.
But, Moses trusted God during this impossible time. Moses didn’t get upset, give up or give in to desperation. Rather, Moses steered the people’s attention to God and calmly gave a solution as he said:
“Do not be afraid. Stand firm. And you will see the deliverance of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)
God then told Moses to tell the people of Israel to “go forward.” Moses lifted up his staff and stretched out his hand over the sea and divided it. God intervened, for sometimes He prefers to work in situations that some deem impossible. He dramatically caused a strong wind to blow. The waters parted. And the people walked on the sea floor, on dry ground, safely to the other side.
Similar to the Israelites, at times you can be put into a temporary, yet difficult, place or a seemingly impossible circumstance. Yet, what looked like a mess for the Israelites, God turned into a miracle, and today He can do the same for you.
Today, no matter what challenge you’re encountering, do not be afraid, stand firm and go forward. You have come too far to back down and quit. Trust God, as He is the omnipotent One. “God will guide you continually,” (Isaiah 58:11). So, “Don’t be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6), “God is your strength and power,” (2 Samuel 22:33). For God promised to “repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” (Zechariah 9:12)
A while ago, a reader wrote to me and recounted how she has been through many difficulties in her life; a painful past, divorce, sickness and job losses. “But God was consistent in His guidance and always there to cover me and carry me through,” her note stated.
This reader could have become increasingly discouraged and downtrodden, thinking her best days were over. Though, in her letter, she described that after the initial shock settled down, she was determined to live a full and productive life. She recognized that the impossibilities that she had been confronted with could become God’s opportunities to show Himself strong in her behalf. Next, the reader chose to go out on a limb, rekindle an old dream, and pursue a chance to go to nursing school. Although it was difficult, with a can-do attitude, she embraced it and pressed on toward the future. She finished school, and soon found satisfying employment at a local hospital. There, she met someone special who she believed was her soulmate. A year later, they were married. “God made the impossible, to be possible and gave me back more than double for my losses and pain,” she wrote.
And so, trust God even though things don’t make complete sense to you at the moment. Seek God sincerely in prayer. Keep hoping, keep believing, and keep persisting. There is no obstacle that is too big for God to turn around for your great good.
Once, a teenager asked a mother of three, “Why do you love your children?” Instantly, the mother replied, “Because they are mine.”
As it is with God’s love for you, He loves you because you are His. So boldly look with hope and confidence to the future. Every day expect the best that God has for your life. And in your mind’s eye, visualize the great Creator of the Universe going before you, standing behind you and guiding every step you take ahead. God has a plan for you and is working a miracle in the midst of your biggest challenge. Victories are forthcoming, with more love, more joys and more blessings, in store for you.
I’m reminded of the beautiful words of a song that I have posted in my office. The words, by gifted song writer and musician Don Moen, state:
“God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength
For each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way.”
God can change impossible situations. He sometimes moves mysteriously, but will provide what you need in miraculous ways. And it is going to be far better than you can ever imagine.
So, do what you can, and God will successfully execute what you can’t. Nothing is impossible with Him.