My Bible study this morning took me on an amazing path through scripture. This path lead me to several verses that display God as the God who makes the impossible, possible.
In Genesis 18, God shows up to Abraham in the form of 3 men. He explains to Abraham, once again, the promise He had made previously to give Abraham and Sarah a son even in their old age. Sarah overhears this conversation and goes back to her tent and laughs. God, being the all-knowing God that He is, knows Sarah’s thoughts and even knows she laughed although she was not with them. God proceeds to say, “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 ESV) I love God’s rhetorical question to Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”
In Mark 10:24-27, Jesus explains to the disciples how hard it is for wealthy people to enter the kingdom of heaven. The disciples are amazed at this teaching and they say to him in verse 26, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus replies, “With man it is impossible but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
In Luke 1:36-38, we see the angel Gabriel speak very similar words to Mary. He explains to Mary that her cousin Elizabeth would soon have a baby even though she was too old to bear a child. He finishes by saying, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” The best part is Mary’s response in verse 28, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
So, all of this begs the question- Do I, do you believe that God makes the impossible, possible? I’m not talking about a head knowledge that God is all-powerful and can do all things. Most people would say that, even Satan would say that God is all-powerful. But, do we BELIEVE it? Do we behave as if we believe it? Do we pray big prayers, knowing that NOTHING is impossible for God?
May I be like Abraham and Mary who took God at His Word and truly believed that He is the God of the impossible!