It never ceases to amaze me how we can receive an unexpected word from God. I have been reading through the New Testament, and this morning I was reading the passage from Luke chapter 1, where the angel Gabriel foretells the birth of Jesus to Mary. I almost didn’t read it, because it was a familiar passage, and I didn’t think that I would hear a much needed word from God by reading that text. I went ahead and read the passage anyway, and as I did, I was reminded of a truth that I very much needed to hear. Luke 1:37: “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Have you been struggling with something that seems impossible to you? Have you lost faith that God can do the impossible and bring about a drastic change in your life? We all experience those times in life when we become dejected or we feel hopeless. Our worries and our failures seem to entangle us and we suddenly feel lost and disheartened. It is at this point in life that many began to lose faith. When life gets you down and your troubles seem to overwhelm you, remember and repeat these six powerful words from the Gospel writer Luke, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
A man in my Sunday school class recently asked for prayer because he was laid off from work without any notice. He said that it was the first time in thirty years that he did not have a job. I also know of people who are struggling with health issues as they seek answers and healing. There are many parents who are worried about their children and how to raise them to trust the Lord, instead of trusting this worldly culture that seeks to draw them away from God. When you can’t visualize a way out of your current situation in life, repeat and believe in these six authoritative words, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
I don’t intend to imply that simply repeating these six words will change your circumstance in life. There are two other conditions that must be present as you seek to overcome your own situation; faith and prayer.
Luke tells us that Mary believed what God promised her, through the angel Gabriel, would come true. Her faith, her belief in God’s promises, is what enabled her to face the many joys and difficulties that awaited her. Her cousin Elizabeth praised Mary’s faith by saying, “Blessed is she who believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” (Luke 1:45). The Apostle Paul reminds us that, “we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Prayer is the second condition that must be present as you seek God’s guidance and mercy. Again, the Apostle Paul tells us how we should approach our daily life of faith: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). In our joy and in our despair, we must give thanks to God and trust that He is working out circumstances for our own good. And we pray, we pray constantly, asking God to help us to trust Him even more, as we experience the many joys and difficulties of life. “For nothing is impossible with God.”