Faithful with the Impossible
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in
this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites.
Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14)
In Gideon’s mind, victory over the Midianites was
an impossibility, and he was absolutely right! The Midianites, along with their
allies, overwhelmed the feeble Hebrews. Yet the moment God told Gideon to fight
them, victory was no longer an impossibility!
When Jesus commanded His small group of followers
to make disciples of all nations, was that possible_(Matt. 28:19)? Certainly,
if Jesus said it was! When Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies, was
He being realistic? Of course, because He was the One who would achieve
reconciliation through them (2 Cor. 5:19–20).
Do you treat commands like these as implausible? Do
you modify God’s word to find an interpretation that seems reasonable to you?
Don’t discount what is possible with God (Phil. 4:13). When God gives an
assignment, it is no longer an impossibility, but rather it is an absolute
certainty. When God gives you a seemingly impossible task, the only thing
preventing it from coming to pass is your disobedience. When God speaks, it can
scare you to death! He will lead you to do things that are absolutely impossible
in your own strength. But God will grant you victory, step by step, as you obey
Him. How do you respond to assignments that seem impossible? Do you write them
off as unattainable? Or do you immediately adjust your life to God’s
revelation, watching with anticipation to see how He will accomplish His
purposes through your obedience? God wants to do the impossible through your
life. All He requires is your obedience.