For with God nothing will be impossible.”-Luke 1:37
I heard a wonderful sermon preached from this scripture by Pastor Jentezen Franklin a while ago, and it was just brought back to my remembrance today, so I thought that I would post about it.
If you have ever read the account of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the mother of Jesus, these words are familiar to you. And typically when we read them or hear them, we view them in the same way: God is the God of the impossible. There is nothing ( no thing) that He cannot do! And this is absolutely true!!
The birth of Jesus was an impossible feat because a young woman gave birth without the assistance of a man. Only God could accomplish that! As a matter of fact, creation could only exist because of the Creator. Only God could cause the water of a large sea to part, or command the sun to stand still, or raise the dead, or save an individual from hell eternally, to name a few! And what a wonderful, powerful encouragement this scripture is to all who grasp it.
What was unique about his message was that he also spoke on another truth that these few words have within them. Not only is there no thing that is impossible for God, but that “nothing” (doing absolutely nothing) is impossible for God. Now that lit my fire!
Often times we petition the God of impossibilities with our needs and concerns, then walk away from that time in prayer feeling like nothing happened. Time goes on and we see no change in the situation or circumstance and we think, nothing happened. But the truth of the matter is that it is impossible for God to do nothing!!
When we pray, and believe what we pray, God responds! It is impossible for Him to not respond! Even if things haven’t changed in the natural, He is responding, so keep believing.
We wanted a bigger house, and the plan when we purchased our home was to put a second floor on top. We got an architect, got the plans drawn, applied for a permit and ran into a snag. The project was stopped. Or so we thought! Almost 17 years later, the project moved forward and was completed. We had many opportunities during those year to doubt that it would come to pass, but God was working. Let me tell you some of the things He did!
Our neighbors had a problem with something in our plans, so we decided not to push the matter, to trust that God would bring them around. Relations were stilted for a while, but eventually we began to have a cordial relationship again. As we were neighborly and walked in love, God was changing hearts. (Ours included!) He was also putting people in place to help us to do the work. When it was time, our neighbors were in agreement, the workers had been met and were willing to work on the project, (often times at significant discounts), the finances were available and the wisdom and knowledge needed to do the project was available.
We thought nothing was happening, for 17 years! But God was happening. He kept bringing people in our lives until the time came when we knew it was the right time to move forward. We saved thousands of dollars because of the right people doing the job the right way at the right time. We made purchases for our home that should have cost much more than they did! Only God could have orchestrated things the way they were put together. And that is just a tip of the iceberg of the things we experienced!
So when I heard this message, and of course I am being brief, it resonated with my soul, causing me to recognize the truth of this statement: It’s IMPOSSIBLE for God to NOTHING on our behalf! He is always moving, causing things to work out for us! As I came in today from laughing with my neighbors, I remembered how God worked things out with them and my soul rejoiced!
He is a good God, a mighty good God, and for Him to do nothing about our situations and circumstances is impossible! We just need to wait and see what the end is going to be while trusting that He is moving on our behalf! Wonderful Jesus!