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” IMPOSSIBLE is one of God’s favorite words.”
I said this last week in the blog and I’ve been thinking about how God loves to surprise His kids. You know…
When I went on a word search for IMPOSSIBLE, I was surprised there weren’t more results.
Look, he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible FOR THEM!” Genesis 11.6
Situation: This is AFTER the flood and the people on the earth were getting a little “full of themselves,” as people will do. They decided to build a tower to heaven, to make a name for themselves! Hmm. They kind of figured they could do just about anything they wanted to do.
Result: Ah, The LORD came down to see what was going on! (We can run but we can’t hide – we can build but we can’t…) God let them know they were not independent of Him and He loved people too much to give them over to their own schemes. Tower to heaven destroyed. People scattered all over the earth. Their language confused. Read the whole story: Genesis 11.1-9
The king’s demand is impossible. No one except the gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live here among people.” Daniel 2.11
Situation: During the Babylonian Captivity Daniel and his three friends were in the king’s palace in Babylon. They were God’s boys in the service of (pagan) king Nebuchadnezzar. King Neb was having some pretty weird dreams and demanded someone to interpret them. Old king Neb didn’t take no for an answer and he got very, very angry. So angry in fact that after he was told “his demand was impossible” that he began killing all the “wise” men in Babylon, and the word was out that Daniel and his three friends were “next in line.” Daniel went to the captain of the king’s guard and asked him what all the commotion was about. After finding out, Daniel went to king Neb and asked, “Give me a little time and I will tell you the dream’s interpretation.” Big risk, Daniel….
Result: Daniel left the presence of king Neb and went to his three friends and told them the situation. He said, “We must seek mercies from the God of heaven to reveal the dream’s meaning so our lives can be spared.” Bam! In a night vision the secret of Neb’s dream was revealed to Daniel. Daniel immediately blessed the God of heaven! Long story short: Daniel went to king Neb told him what his dream meant and Daniel and his three friends were promoted. Read the whole story: Daniel 2
This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: “ALL this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for Me? Says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Zechariah 8.6
Situation: After the exile to Babylon Zechariah along with Haggai were called to arouse the returned Jews to rebuild the temple. Zechariah is one of the most “messianiac” of all the Old Testament prophets…he challenges his contemporaries with a call to repentance and obedience.
Result: None. YET. This “impossible” is categorized as eschatological – prophetic – to happen at a later date. But, remember ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD!
You don’t have enough faith, Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17.20
Situation: Right after the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus, Peter, James, and John came down from the mountain top and went “right into the multitude” and a man approached Jesus and said, “I brought my epileptic son to Your disciples for healing and they could not heal him.” Jesus was troubled by this and then He rebuked the demon, who caused the seizures, and the boy was healed on the spot.
Result: Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “Why couldn’t we cast the demon out and heal the boy?” Jesus’ answer lies in Matthew 17.20 above.
Situation: Jesus and His disciples are together and Jesus had just had the encounter with the “Rich Young Ruler.” Remember? The Rich Young Ruler went away sorrowful, because of his many possessions. (Matthew 19.16-22) Jesus talks about how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven and that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. The disciples asked Him WHO THEN CAN BE SAVED?
Result: My paraphrase, “This would be impossible for a mere human being – but for God? A piece of cake. A walk in the park.” Matthew 19.23-30
Towers of Babel
All of these things seem impossible to my finite mind – but I have a God who sees IMPOSSIBLE as opportunity to show up and show off.
What’s Your IMPOSSIBLE?
What’s your impossible? Is it greater in size than that of a mustard seed?
Give it to The One whose favorite word is …