Wednesday, March 5, 2008

All Things Are Possible

"But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 CSB)

The context of the verse above is the story of the “rich young ruler.” Jesus had said to the disciples that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. This disciples’ response was, “Then who can be saved?” Then came the words of Jesus in the verse above.

Jesus was not saying that rich people cannot be saved. He was using something called “hyperbole” (exaggeration) to make the point that those who are rich are often so drawn to their wealth that God and their commitment to Him and to faith are either a much lower priority or irrelevant to them. To make sure the disciples understood His meaning, He then said that with God all things are possible.

That is the background of this verse, but the principle is true in all situations. All things are indeed possible with God.

One reason this is true is that God is the One who decides what will and will not be done. He has the sovereign authority to make any decision He wants to me, and He always makes the right decision.

Another reason all things are possible with God is that God has the power to do anything. There is nothing God cannot accomplish. He not only has all authority, but He has all power.

All of us face situations that may appear to have resolutions that are impossible, sooner or later. We may not be able to see beyond the problem, to begin with, and even if we do, we still may not see any way that WE can bring resolution. But as believers, we know that all things are possible with God, and, therefore, to Him we appeal and present our requests. We then must trust Him to either do what we have asked, or to tell us to wait, or to tell us no. We must trust that God knows what He is doing.

Lord, We recognize that with You all things are possible. In those situations, or events, or circumstances, or problems, help us to bring them to You and trust You to do what is right. Amen.

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