With God All Things Are Possible
Tuesday, December 31 2019
2000+ years ago, a young Jewish virgin was told that she was going to conceive by the Holy Spirit and have a baby.
We all know the story. We know it so well, that Mary’s completely unusual conception sounds normal and natural to us today. But think for a moment: a humble, Israelite teen-ager from Nazareth is visited one common day by an angel (!) -- and is told that she, betrothed and still a virgin, is going to conceive and birth the Son of God by the power of the Most High (!). Impossible! Unimaginable! Inconceivable! Staggering! Extraordinary! Miraculous!
But she, the servant of the LORD, simply accepted the stunning news. Because of who she was. And because of who the angel Gabriel said that God was: the One for whom “nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37)
Nothing will be impossible with God. NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!
Jesus said almost the same words to His disciples one day some thirty years later, when they were wondering if any rich people at all would be able to enter the kingdom of God. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”, He told them. (Matthew 19:26)
But with God all things are possible. BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
I have heard these words — “ nothing will be impossible with God” and “with God all things are possible” — spoken many many times over the years. But somehow, this past Christmas season they struck a deep new chord in my heart. And I felt like God Himself was challenging me to make this verse one of my emblem verses for this new year 2020: to know it, to understand it, to believe it, to live it with my whole being.
WITH - GOD - ALL THINGS - ARE - POSSIBLE.
“With” God: not “for” God, because “for” God is not in question nor what is important here. What is important is that it is "with” God”, and not apart from Him - not alone - and not with someone else. Only together “with” God.
With “God”: the Supreme Being - the Creator - the Savior - the Redeemer - the Sovereign One - the Most High - the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
“All things”: not just some things - not just easy things - not just natural and normal things. But “all things”. And especially those things that with man are impossible. Supernatural things. Miraculous things.
“Are”: not were - and not will be. Although “were" was true in the past. And "will be” will be true in the future. But Jesus means now, today, right this moment.
“Possible”: impossible with man - but completely possible with God. Not guaranteed, mind you, nor promised and pledged just because we want something to be so. But definitely possible if God’s purpose and will is in it.
And not only “possible”. In the Old Testament there are two verses that speak this truth in slightly different words, one in Genesis and the other in Jeremiah.
In Genesis, God has come to Abraham and Sarah, Abraham very advanced in years and sterile Sarah, and is promising them a son in their old age. Sarah doubts and laughs to herself from behind a door, and God says to Abraham: "Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14) IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD?
Many centuries later, the prophet Jeremiah answered the rhetorical question that God had asked of Abraham when he declared: "Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17) NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR YOU.
Not only are all things possible with God, and nothing is at all impossible. But with God, nothing is even too hard. Speaking your name, or speaking the entire universe into existence, is the same to Him. Healing a fever, or raising someone from the dead, is the same to Him. Because for God, nothing is difficult. For God, nothing is impossible. He is Almighty: that is, all-mighty. He is omnipotent: that is, infinitely and unlimitedly powerful. What for man is either simple or challenging, effortless or arduous, for God is one and the same: everything for Him is straightforward, uncomplicated and easily doable.
So, dear friend, what does this mean for us as this old year closes and a new year begins? What does “nothing will be impossible with God” mean for you? What does “with God all things are possible” mean for me?
What in your and my life these days is completely impossible humanly speaking? What absolutely needs divine intervention if it is to happen at all? If that thing, or that person, or that situation in your life and mine is according to God’s thoughts and purposes, ways and will — then no matter how impossible it may seem in the natural plane, with God in the supernatural plane it will be possible.
So, let’s choose this day to believe these words for ourselves. Not just for Jesus’ mother Mary from long ago. But for us, for today. For us, for this new year 2020.
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