But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27, NKJV)
Billy Sunday, the 19th Century baseball player turned evangelist, is quoted as saying, “We have a God who delights in impossibilities.” We do serve a God who makes the impossible possible—if we allow Him to. Any lack of action on His part is because of a lack of faith on our part. We limit a limitless God by our unbelief.
When something happens outside our human abilities and which defies the laws of nature, we call them miracles. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines that as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” All through God’s Word we see impossible things—miracles—happen.
- Sarah, a ninety-year-old barren woman, gave birth to a son named Isaac. (Genesis 21)
- The Red Sea parted and the children of Israel walked through on dry ground. (Exodus 14)
- The sun and the moon stood still. (Joshua 10)
- Naaman, the Syrian general, was healed of leprosy. (II Kings 5)
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego survived the fiery furnace. (Daniel 3)
- A widow’s son was raised from the dead. (Luke 7)
- Mary, a virgin, gave birth to Jesus. (Matthew 1)
- A lame man walked. (Acts 3)
This list could go on and on. Those mentioned above are only a small portion of miracles—impossibilities that became possible—recorded in the Bible.
Luke 7 tells the story of a Roman centurion whose servant was at the point of death. Although the centurion believed Jesus could heal his servant, he did not feel worthy to have Jesus enter his house. He told the Lord, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” His statement amazed the Lord.
“When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, ‘I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel’” (Luke 7:9, NLT).
As I read the centurion’s story and realized his great faith, it reminded me of another time when the Lord could do no miracles. It was not because He was powerless but because those listening simply did not believe. And these were His own townspeople! Mark 6:3 says, “And they were offended at him.” The passage goes on to say, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief” (verses 5-6, NLT). What a contrast between the Roman centurion and the people of Nazareth.
God’s power is limitless. How could the God of all creation be anything less? The only thing that will limit our seeing the impossible become possible is our lack of faith. Genesis 18:14 asks, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The answer is no. The wonderful news is that miracles still happen today. People are still healed and the dead have been raised back to life. God still miraculously provides, still protects, and best of all still delivers souls from the bondage of sin.
Do you need God to do the impossible in your life? Be encouraged. He can do anything.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” (I John 5:14-15, ESV)
Thank You, Lord, that You are a miracle-working God. Nothing is beyond Your power and nothing is impossible. I trust You and know that You hear me when I pray. Miracles still happen today. You are the God of the impossible.