God of the Impossible
Shock can reveal itself in many unique ways. It may be a loss for words or a shaking of the head — one that resonates with me the most is laughter. Abraham and Sarah experienced this laughter in Genesis 17:15-19 (NKJV):
Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”
Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”
As a backstory, God had given Abraham a promise that he would be a great nation (Genesis 12:2) and that his offspring would be as the dust of the earth (Genesis 13:16). The only issue was that Abraham and Sarah were well beyond their childbearing years. As God shared this promise, Abraham fell in reverence to God and laughed in awe of this news. God then shared the impossible with Abraham that he and his wife would have a son of their own named Isaac. Abraham chose to believe the Lord, “and He accounted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6).
God demonstrated the impossible for me in 2016, during my freshman year of college at Regent University. I ran track and field and cross country all four years of high school. However, during my senior year, I faced the harsh reality that I would not be a college athlete. While the passion was there, my times were not where they needed to be, and on top of that, I would soon be attending a university with no athletic program. During my first two months of college, I ran drills and sprints around campus, reminiscing on my former days.
To my surprise, two months later I got the message that Regent University was starting its first-ever athletics program, beginning with track and field! To this news, I laughed in wonder. My mind raced with questions. “Are you serious? Am I about to be a collegiate athlete? We don’t even own an athletic facility; where will we practice?”
During this season, I witnessed that God can make all things possible. He allowed me to not only become a collegiate athlete but to make history and leave a legacy for future athletes for years to come.
God is truly a God of the impossible. He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20).
Will you put your trust in Him today for the impossible?
Genesis 3:1 1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
That ol’ serpent the Devil is the craftiest of all the creatures God made. But the Scriptures tell us we are not ignorant of his devices. We see several of them right here in his first attack on mankind. First, he went to the woman. The authority over the woman was to be the man. She was made to assist the man. The enemy of our souls never goes to the proper authority. He challenges legitimate authority.
See him challenging what God had said. “Did God really say…?” as if you misunderstood God. In most cases, our first impression of what God said is absolutely correct. When we get down to examining the words to twist them, to get our way, we are headed in the Devil’s direction. What was your first impression of what God said? Then don’t mess with it to satisfy your desires!
Satan always sees the glass half-empty. Here they are in a garden in which every need is supplied. If anyone ever had every need met, it was Eve. Satan always points to something you supposedly don’t have. Child of God, in Jesus you lack no good thing. If you don’t have it, you don’t need it, or God will give it to you in His perfect time. Satan’s picture of God is always the opposite of Who He really is. Satan would paint God to be a miserly, selfish, demanding taskmaster when in reality He is the opposite of all those things. Satan’s goal is to make you think God is like him. Subversion of authority, distortion of His Word, and dissatisfaction with God’s character and provision in your life are Satan’s first lines of attack. Don’t fall for his tricks.
Feeling at Home
SCRIPTURE READING — EPHESIAN 3:16-21
From: Today Devotions
I pray that . . . he may strengthen you . . . so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
A mother and her two young children went to visit an older woman from their church. She greeted them warmly and invited them to sit at her table for refreshments. The children soon noticed a large jar of jelly beans at the center of the table. It was hard not to stare at the delightful treat when it was so close. The older woman smiled and said, “Would you like one?”
Immediately both children nodded, and the little girl reached in ever so politely and took one jelly bean—red, her favorite color. She seemed pleased until she saw her brother reach into the jar and grab a handful of jelly beans. Then she wished she had done the same.
In Ephesians the apostle Paul is asking us to imagine going deeper than the polite relationship we may tend to have with Jesus. Christ wants us to live fully. He wants us to be able to settle in and feel at home in our relationship with him. He wants us to know how much he loves and cares for us—and that will change how we live out our faith each day. He wants us to be grounded in the truth of his love so that we are not afraid to access all the power and strength he has for us.
No matter what our circumstances are, Christ is always offering all of himself for us. Today is a good day to stretch our faith and our imagination to find all of the “flavors” Christ is offering.