As we continue our series on seeking God’s direction, today we look at impossible situations and how God can do the impossible. Matthew 19:26 says, “And looking at them Jesus said to them, ‘With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (NASB 1995) Have you ever sought direction from God in a situation that just seemed completely impossible? By faith, God can open a door that appears to be closed.
God is the God of the impossible. Have the doctors told you there is nothing more they can do for you? God can take that impossible situation and turn it around and deliver healing to you. Is there a relationship that is broken, and it seems like there is no way of mending that relationship? God is the mender of broken relationships and can take what seems impossible to accomplish and mend broken fences. Sometimes we need to be reminded that there is nothing He cannot do. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27 ESV)
My husband and I have been trying to sell our house for the last four years. It looked like we were never going to get a buyer! Three real estate agents and four years later, we have sold our house and are making plans to move! Believe me, when I tell you that there were times, I thought we would never sell this house. But God! There were times I wanted to push God along with the process, but His timing is perfect, He knows where He wants us in our journey with Him. He sees the end from the beginning.
When we see God do these miraculous things it strengthens our faith. It shows us that we can trust Him the next time we come to an impossible situation. On the Insight for Living website, Pastor Chuck Swindoll lists “Seven Impossibilities Jesus Made Possible”.
- The power over quality. At the wedding in Cana, Jesus turned water into wine, not just any wine, but the best wine! He doesn’t do anything halfway. He doesn’t heal partially, no, He heals completely. He doesn’t mend broken relationships partially; He provides complete mending of that relationship. (John 2:1-12)
2. The power over distance. When the royal official came to Jesus asking Him to heal his son who was sick, Jesus told the official to go home, his son was healed. Jesus didn’t have to go to the house to heal the son, it was done right then. (John 4:46-53)
3. The power over time. The man who was at the pool of Bethesda had been there waiting for healing for 40 years. Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk, and immediately the man got up and walked. Healing was accomplished at Jesus’ spoken word. (John 5:2-9)
4. The power over quantity. Jesus had been preaching on the mountainside to a crowd of over 5,000. When the people were hungry, Jesus fed them with two small fish and five loaves of bread. Jesus was able to make much out of little. (John 6:1-15)
5. The power over nature. Out on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples and Jesus were in the boat when a bad storm blew up. Jesus just spoke and told the storm to be quiet. He controls the very atmosphere around us. (John 6:16-21)
6. The power over misfortune. A man had been blind since the time he was born. Jesus made a little mud with dirt and spit, placed it on the man’s eyes, and brought healing. Jesus takes what we are dealt with in life and changes it for our good. (John 9:1-7)
7. The power over death. I believe this is the greatest power God demonstrates. Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus spoke to Lazarus and said, “Lazarus, come forth!” and Lazarus came walking out of the tomb. If Jesus hadn’t called Lazarus by name, every dead person in that graveyard would have arisen. (John 11:1-44)
What impossible situation are you asking God to resolve for you? I’m here to tell you, you can trust Him! He is the God of the impossible! It may seem like He’s taking forever, and nothing will ever come about, but wait on Him and watch Him work in your life.