He (Abraham) considered the fact that God is able even to raise someone from the dead—and figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. Hebrews 11:13-22 In times of discernment, great faith is considering every possibility and firmly believing that God is capable of every one of them. With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37), yet I think it is important to understand that not everything is God’s will. Although we can not fully know God’s will, we can be believe that we are fully known by him. So we delight ourselves in God (Psalm 37:4) knowing that his will fulfills our hearts in hope, and in due season fulfills our desires. For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him (Psalm 62:6).
How is it that something by our own perception, considered unclean and unsanitary, can be made holy and acceptable for use in God’s kingdom? When Jesus encounters a man blind from birth, he makes a salve consisting of dirt and saliva to spread over his eyes then instructs him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. When he finishes cleansing his face the man is able to see. When we believe in the premise that God created all things and all things God creates is good, even “mud” has possibilities. It is important to remember that through Christ, there is no condemnation. When God crossed the Israelites over the Jordan, it was his intention to cross every one over. Not one person still living was left on the bank behind as they crossed to the other side in to the land that was promised. That hasn’t changed for us today. I believe God intends for each of us to cross over from where ever we are, to the place he promises us to be. He intends for each of us to be saved and he intends for each of us to live and remain in reconciliation with him. Every living day is an opportunity to be instructed and lead by God. Thank God for the man born blind. Thank God for the grace to believe. Believing makes everything possible.
For nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1:26-38). This is a message for all ages and for ages to come. Yet in this age, one week before we celebrate God’s greatest act of love, there are many who do not believe. How can this be? They do not believe in the possibility of God. They do not believe in God’s possibilities. Really, what is life without possibilities, especially the ones we would never (not that we couldn’t) imagine? Here am I, the servant of the Lord was Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel. What would be our response if we could know beforehand that something impossible were to be made possible? Would we then believe? What would have to happen to really make us believe that God’s plan really is far greater than anything we would accomplish on our own? Mary’s encounter with the Angel encourages us that even in the face of what may seem to be a discouraging time, we don’t have to limit all the possibilities faith in God has to offer. Lord let it be with me (too), according to your word.
Psalm 89:1-4 I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.