All Things Are Possible With God

Consider the story about Jesus recorded in Matthew 19:16-26 “Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘’You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’’ The young man said to Him, ‘All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.  Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, ‘Who then can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”  A rich person usually trusts in his riches to save him in the trials of life.  Therefore, it is hard for a rich person to discount his riches and instead trust in God.  But I want you to consider the last statement that Jesus made:  “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The important point is that all things are possible with God.  Many times, in the scripture we have recorded works by God that man thinks are very unlikely if not impossible.  Let us consider a few.  Man says that it is impossible to create something from nothing, but that is what God did when He created the heavens and the earth.  Man says that a 90-year-old woman cannot give birth, but that is what happened to Sarah, Abraham’s wife.  Genesis 18:12-14 “Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’ And the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.’” Notice what the Lord said: “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Man says that it is impossible for animals to talk and carry on a conversation with man, yet Balaam had a donkey that did just that (Numbers 22:23-30).  Man says that it is impossible for the Israelites to walk across the Red Sea on dry ground.  But consider Exodus 14:21-22 “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.  So, the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”  Man says that it is impossible for the sun and moon to stand still but that is what happened in the time of Joshua.  (Joshua. 10:12-14)  A similar sign was given to King Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:8-11 when the shadow of the sun went backward ten degrees.  Scientists tell us that the earth is spinning rapidly on its axis and for it to suddenly stop or go backwards would cause everything on the surface to fly forwards because of the momentum they have.  And yet, God performed these impossible feats.  Then, of course, there are the miracles of Jesus.  He turned water into wine, instantly healed those who were sick, fed great multitudes from a small amount of bread and fish, and even raised Lazarus back to life after he had been dead for four days.  Jesus also was raised from the dead after being crucified.  God has demonstrated that nothing is impossible for Him to do.

The early life of Moses was that he was brought up as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  When he was grown, he defended a fellow Israelite and killed an Egyptian.  He fled to the land of Midian and became a shepherd.  Many years later, the Lord appeared to him in a burning bush and sent him back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites.  But Moses had many excuses why he should not go.  He said that he had no position that Pharaoh would listen to him.  He said that his fellow Israelites wouldn’t believe that the Lord had sent him.  He said that he was not eloquent, but he was slow of speech and slow of tongue.  He wanted God to send someone else.  Exodus 4:11-12 “So the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?  Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.’”  As you continue reading, you discover that God worked through Moses in a mighty way to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.  You also might say “I can’t do this” or “I can’t do that”.  You might say “It is impossible for me to live in this relationship.”  Or, “I can’t talk to them about Jesus.” Or, “I can’t resist that temptation.”  Or, “I can’t forgive him.”  Like Moses, you and I have many excuses for why we can’t do something.  But the truth is that through God’s strength, we can accomplish much.

What impossible situation are you facing?  With God, all things are possible.  Ask for His wisdom, His direction, His strength, and His power.  The Apostle Paul stated in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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