Have you ever faced a problem that was seemingly impossible to overcome? Maybe you have agonized over it day and night. Maybe it has cost you sleepless nights. Maybe it has caused you to sink into a pit of depression, caused you to avoid the company of others, or maybe it has even taken away your desire to live. There are times in our lives when, in our own limited human strength, we cannot overcome the problems, trials, and difficulties that we face. It’s at those times that we want to give up, to just throw in the towel. And it’s precisely at those times that we need to turn to God.
In Jeremiah 32:27, God tells us that He is Lord, He is the God of all the people of this world. And then He asks the question: “Is there anything too hard for Me?” God is the God of the possible. There is nothing impossible for Him, no problem or situation that is too difficult for Him to deal with. To ask if God can deal with our problems is to put God in a box. But God has proven time and again that He cannot be put in a box. There is nothing too hard for Him.
In six days, He created the world as we know it. When Abraham and Sarah were old, He gave them a child. When the Israelites were trapped between a rock and a hard place, between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, He parted the Red Sea so they could cross it. God’s mighty hand caused the walls of Jericho to fall down flat so that Joshua and the army of Israel could take that city. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown in the fiery furnace for their devotion to God, He kept them from being consumed by the flames. And when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den for refusing to worship King Darius, God shut the mouths of the lions.
Nothing is impossible with God. In Matthew 19:19-26, we read about a rich young man who sadly walked away when Jesus told him that he should sell all his possessions and follow Jesus to receive eternal life. After the young man left, Jesus told His disciples that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. In other words, it was impossible. Understanding this to be the case, the disciples asked, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With people, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Sin made it impossible for us to have eternal life. But, as Jesus points out, while this may be impossible for people to accomplish, with God it is quite possible. Through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ, God has provided the way for all who repent and believe to receive atonement for their sins and to receive eternal life. God made the impossible possible. And that same God who did all of these things is the God who can help you to walk through any “impossible” situation in your life.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.