The Impossible God

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Has there ever been anything in your life that you deemed impossible? For you, I am sure that you could come up with a list of things. It would be impossible for me to do this, or it would be impossible to do that, and on and on it goes. But, have you ever thought that anything was impossible for God? If you are like me, you have more than likely believed that there was something to big for God to accomplish, or to great of a task, or a work that there is no way He can do. Now, you may not have said this with your mouth, but somewhere deep down in your heart, if we are honest, you have believed that there are some impossibilities with God.

Even though I struggle with this on a daily basis, I want to make a claim that there is nothing impossible for God. I know that we have said it over and over again in Sunday School classes and small group Bible studies, but truthfully, there is nothing impossible for God. You may say, “well if God can do all things and nothing is impossible for God, can He make a rock so big that He can’t lift it?” My only response is that this is a dumb question. It is also completely meaningless for what we are looking at today.

In the book of Genesis, God initiates and generates a relationship with Abraham. I am sure that if you have any knowledge of the Bible, you have heard of Abraham. Abraham and Sarah were old and had not yet had any children. Although this was the case, God came to Abraham and told him that He would give him a son and that his offspring would be multiplied and that he would be the father of many nations. Also from this Abrahamic line would come the Messiah, the Savior of the world. So what did Abraham do? Well, Abraham told his wife and they both had a good laugh about it because they were very old. Without going into great detail, the primary reason they laughed it off as impossible is because as you age, especially reaching the age of Abraham and Sarah, there are certain parts of the body and the reproductive cycle that just stop working. Trust me, if you have ever been in a human anatomy class or biology class, or any other science class for that matter, you would probably have laughed this off and counted it impossible as well.

Old man laughing

Looking to Romans 4, Paul begins to recount the faith that Abraham had in God despite what logically and physically seemed impossible. Romans 4:19-20, “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”

As good as dead? Ha. No wonder Abraham laughed. Here is this old man, never able to have any children, as good as dead, his wife is barren, and God shows up and says “you are going to have a son.” Impossible? Not with God. Despite the fact that every circumstance that surrounded Abraham and Sarah said that this wasn’t happening and that it was impossible, their faith never wavered. You see, Abraham knew God. Abraham knew that God cannot tell a lie and that God would make good on all of His promises. Abraham knew that when God said He was going to do something, regardless of what seemed impossible, it was going to get done. Not only does it say that Abraham believed it would happen, it says that he was “fully convinced.” No room for wavering.

Why was he so confident? How was he so sure that God was going to do what He had promised? Let’s look a little further down at Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Abraham was fully confident because he had peace with God. How did this peace come? Peace with God for Abraham came through faith. As you can see, Abraham was justified before God by his faith in God. This is no different than you and I today. We are justified before God based upon our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This means that as we believe in Christ, our standing before God is of someone not guilty because we have been imputed with the righteousness of Christ. The righteousness that we possess is not our own, but it is Christ’s. As this righteousness has been given to us by faith, we too can have a peace with God and a confidence that God is going to fulfill His promises.

What seems impossible in your life? Is it a job? Is it school? Is it debt? Is it life itself? Here is what we know from Abraham’s story and from the Word of God: God is faithful, God is going to fulfill His promises, God cannot lie, and God can do the impossible. Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Maybe this is a verse that seems impossible. In the midst of my circumstances, in the midst of this season in life, in the midst of my surroundings, in the midst of my impossibilities, how can God work all things together for my good? Well ultimately it is this, He is doing that right now. This good may not be seen here on this earth, but if you are in Christ our good awaits us in heaven. No matter what takes place on this earth, we can know that it is all working to move us to our inheritance that is being guarded by God as 1 Peter tells us. Look at it this way, before you were saved, it was impossible for you to have a relationship with God because of your sin. As this was impossible, it was not you that made this relationship happen. Just as Abraham’s relationship was initiated and generated by God, so was yours. Therefore, God did the impossible by sending Jesus Christ as a propitiation for the sins that would place their faith in Him, and then He gave you faith because faith is a gift. Therefore, God did the impossible. Now, live out everyday of your life seeking the One True God, through Jesus Christ, as He is the One who can truly do the impossible.

 

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