Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 20, 2020

Reframing Impossible

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 (ESV)

Nothing more limiting than echoing the word “impossible.” A close neighbor to “I can’t,” just the tone of either of these words sets in motion a default of no. This won’t ever work. Can’t possibly make that work. Are you kidding – it’s really unthinkable!

One huge issue defined in those moments – impossible deadens even a slim chance of hope. We’ve probably all heard a lot of unattainables in our life. They always speak louder than any voice of possible and typically drown out workable, attainable and doable.

Love the sweet reminders from scripture of those who thought impossible was etched in their futures and then God made it all possible. Sarah’s chance at motherhood faded as year 90 crept in, but age is no obstacle to our God. The birth of Isaac was the unfolding of God’s promise kept (Genesis 21). Widowed with few options, Ruth’s future looked bleak, but empty is no barrier for our God. The budding romance with her kinsman redeemer, Boaz, unveiled God’s promise kept (Ruth 4). Deeply troubled by the angel’s announcement, Mary couldn’t comprehend a virgin birth, but nothing is impossible with God. The arrival of the Christ child confirmed God’s promise kept from the very beginning of time (Luke 2).

So do we need any more proof? What impossibility is staring us in the face? Are we zeroing in on the impossibility and drowning out the character of our God? He who specializes in removing obstacles, excuses and barriers longs to reframe the beauty of His possibilities. God’s divine power is not regulated to the pages of scripture but overflows and touches the hearts of those who choose to put their faith in Him alone.
Impossible isn’t a part of God’s vocabulary, so maybe it’s time we leave it out of ours. Speak hope. Speak doable, workable and achievable. Let’s resist our old tendencies to settle for less. When challenges and obstacles arise, let’s choose to focus on the One who proves He keeps His promises.

“Father, Your track record speaks hope, life and abundance – help us to listen to Your voice and trust You to guide us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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