God of the Impossible

Mark 9: 17-24
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”

“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”

So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”

“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief!”

The Bible is filled with many accounts of God doing the impossible. Abraham and Sarah did not believe that it was possible for God to allow them to conceive a child in their old age. Moses could not imagine how God could use him, a man who was “slow of speech and tongue,” to become a leader and bring God’s people out of Egypt (Exodus 2:10). And when the angel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, Mary asked, “How will this be?” The angel Gabriel replied, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:34-37).

I know that some of you who read this are struggling with a situation in your life that feels impossible to solve. Worry, doubt, and fear prevent you from looking beyond your circumstances and believing that with God, all things are possible. Instead of trying to face this problem on you own, have faith in God and pray. Ask God for more faith to overcome your doubts. Confess to God that you can’t face your difficulties on your own power. Pray that God will show you a way out, and for the peace and comfort of God to sustain you, until your burdens are lifted.

The disciples of Jesus could not heal a boy that was possessed by a demon. They came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:19-21). Even the disciples, who saw Jesus perform many miracles, struggled with their faith. Be encouraged that you are not alone in your moments of doubt. Have faith and trust in God. Know that we serve a God who deals in possibilities not impossibilities. Nothing is impossible for God!

Ephesians 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

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