Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
There are countless scenes in the course of Jesus’ life on earth where he encountered situations that appeared impossible and quite hopeless yet he turned them around. For example, when on one occasion a centurion came up to Jesus and reported a man under his command who was sick and pleaded for healing, it seemed an impossible situation given the distance. But wait. “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at the moment” (Mathew 8: 13).
And then there was a woman who had been “subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” (Luke 8:44).
When it was reported to Jesus that his friend Lazarus lay sick, his answer was, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it was for God’s glory that God’s son maybe be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Later when Jesus got to Bethany and found Lazurus dead and had been in tomb for four days, he said to Lazurus’s disappointed sister Martha, “I am the resurrection and life. The one who believes in me will live..” (vv 25). He then approached the tomb and called in a loud voice, “Lazurus come out! The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face” (vv 44).
There are many other seemingly impossible situations Jesus encountered, including calming a terrible storm at sea (Luke 8:22). All which brings the question what storm are you facing! Does it appear impossible! There is an old saying, take it to Jesus, and what seemed impossible with man, is possible with God!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you any matter that appears impossible for you have the power to turn around any situation to success, and this I pray in Jesus’ name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!