Devotional

“Can you direct the movement of the stars—binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Can you direct the constellations through the seasons or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?” – Job 38:31-33.

There’s a curious trait that we all possess, and it has a habit of showing up in interesting ways.  In general, we prefer to place our trust in what we can observe.  We want our eyes to be convinced of something before our hearts are willing to trust in its reliability.  In many respects, this trait makes a lot of sense. But not all.  

God is honored when we trust Him for what we cannot yet see.  He is glorified when we take Him at His word.  Anyone can walk by sight, but not everyone is willing to walk by faith, and God has promised us many things some that seem impossible because impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work. “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”  (Matthew 19:26). God wants us to trust Him to do the impossible.   

Have you ever hesitated to offer up a prayer, thinking it’s an impossible request? Does an overwhelming challenge leave you confused and frustrated? Maybe you’re not receiving the answer to a long-standing prayer and wonder if you should just give up. When you are in that situation remember Luke 1:37 (ESV) “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Nothing means just that: not one thing. Nothing is too big for God, too hard for God, too much for God. And if nothing is impossible, that means anything and everything must be possible with God. He can remove any obstacle, overcome any challenge, mow down any opposition. He can do anything. Anything.

So no matter what situation is in front of us, we can boldly come before Him and place it at His feet.  Whatever we think is impossible, God says He has no limits or boundaries. His power makes all things possible. Isaiah  43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

You can trust God. Pray, knowing that God can make all things possible.  If it is in His will to do so, nothing can stop Him. 

Discussion questions:

  1. How often do you reflect on how big and how great our God is? 
  2. Read Psalms 97:1-6: What does that say about God?
  3. How should the fact that God can do the impossible change how we view extraordinary prayer?