With God ALL things are possible
God is the God of the impossible! Many times, however, we put Him into a box by expecting Him to act in a certain way by a certain time. When this does not happen we get disappointed and we can give up on what we are believing Him for.
Lessons from the Children of Israel
When God delivered the Children of Israel from Egypt He took them by way of the Red Sea and the wilderness. As they were fleeing Egypt and they saw the power of God displayed in delivering them I am sure that some would have thought that the worst was now behind them. God had promised to take them into their promised land and He had displayed mighty signs and wonders in order to get them on the road to the land of promise.
Not long after leaving Egypt they realized that Pharaoh and his armies were following them. They were now being hunted down in order to be either taken back to Egypt as slaves or at worst to be killed. They had come to the Red Sea and there was seemingly no way through. Turning around and going back meant being captured by the Egyptians. Going forward looked like they were all going to drown. Either way, it was an impossible situation. I am sure there would have been those in the group that were thinking about how they could solve the problem. Was there a way around the Red Sea? Did they just need to go back and surrender to the Egyptians?
When faced with the impossible they were “exceedingly frightened”
In Exodus 14 when we read the story the people murmured, complained an accused Moses of some pretty serious things. It also says that they were “exceedingly frightened and cried out to the Lord”. As humans when we are faced with situations and circumstances that are beyond us often we can become exceedingly frightened just like the Children of Israel. Fear will cause us to try to fix the problem ourselves. We will use our logic and reason to try to resolve the issue. Our human nature is to try to fix things ourselves and when that fails then ask God to intervene. We can also get into murmuring and complaining and blaming God and others for our predicament. In the impossible situation that the Children of Israel were facing God had a plan that absolutely no one would have considered.
God will do what He said He will do
God had told them that He was going to deliver them and take them into the land that He had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were now in a place where, in the natural, it looked like that would never happen. It seemed totally impossible. But God……………. He is the God who sees the end from the beginning. In this impossible situation, He was about to show up in an even greater way. In one act of obedience by Moses, He was about to deal with their enemies and make a way of escape for them but they had to deal with their fear and move forward. Exodus 14:13-15 (AMP)Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!
Probably no one in the crowd of approximately 3 million people would have seen what was coming. Moses in obedience to God held his staff out over the Red Sea, the waters parted and the people walked through on dry ground. In addition to this, all the Egyptians were all drowned. No one would have seen that coming!! What God said He was going to do He was faithful to do – even in the face of the impossible.
Your impossible is God’s possible
Whatever impossible situation you may find yourself in today remember God wants to reveal Himself to you in a way that you did not expect. He wants to take what is impossible with man and show you that with God all things are possible. In order for Him to do that though you will need to take God out of the box and the timeframe around what you are wanting Him to do. Your expectations, logic, and reason will limit what He can do. Remember He is faithful to His character, His ways, and His Word. but in order to do the impossible, He needs the freedom to be able to do things His way. Isaiah 55:8&9 (AMP) For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Throughout Scripture, we see God doing the impossible in ways that are beyond human logic and reasoning. The key to all of these events though was that in the face of impossible odds they were obedient to what God told them to do. Moses held a rod out over the water. The Children of Israel had to march around Jericho exactly as the Lord instructed (Joshua 6). Naaman had to dip in a dirty river 7 times (1 Kings 5).
Whatever He says to you do it
In the New Testament account of Jesus turning water into wine in John 2, we see another account of the impossible. In order for Jesus to do this, He needed obedience based on faith in who He was and what He could do. Mary said to the disciples in John 5:2 “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Today I would encourage you if you are facing an impossible situation to ask Him for instructions. What is His strategy to take what is impossible and make it possible? Then, regardless of what it looks like be obedient to follow His instructions. It may not be logical, rational or make any sense but God’s ways are way beyond our human understanding. He is the God of signs and wonders and He loves to do things that make us wonder, “How did He do that?”
Today where ever you are and whatever you are facing remember Matthew 16:26 (AMP) But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.
Get your instruction from God and based on that move forward. Don’t let fear stop you because the God of the impossible is with you.
Paraphrase Exodus 14:13-15 Don’t be afraid. Stand firm, confident and undismayed and see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you so hold on to your peace and remain in His rest.