Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
There are statements that God makes to us, His children, that seem impossible for us to accomplish or complete.
Leviticus 19:1-2 “And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.“
Ephesians 5:20 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ“
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
You may ask, “Why would God ask me something impossible?”
I cannot be holy.
If I am to rejoice evermore, where would I find time for work?
Pray without ceasing. How is a person to live like that?
God does not set us up to fail. I find that when I read these seemingly impossible commands, I try and fail when I attempt them in my power and strength. I heard it said:
“God will not command that which He will not also enable us to do.”
That means I can be holy. I can pray without ceasing. I can rejoice evermore. I can love my enemies, give thanks always, and be careful for nothing. Paul wrote in Hebrews:
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
I can be perfect when I allow God to do it through me.
When all seems lost and impossible, we must remind ourselves of this one thing.
Luke 18:27 “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Cancer and terminal illnesses, accidents, babies born with defects, and challenges far beyond our scope and ability to cope, can be laid at the feet of Jesus for Him to show us how to do what it is He asks.
When it doesn’t make sense to us, we look toward Heaven and ask, “Why?”
So often, that question goes unanswered.
Some blame God for the situation and circumstances in which they find themselves. Some stop from going any further because the motivation and purpose to live are taken from them.
When we see things as ‘impossible,’ we put boundaries and limitations based on our realm of ‘possible.’ Faith must be the bridge to believe and accept the impossible that God can do.
Throughout the Bible, we see those facing impossible situations and circumstances and lived to see the impossible in their lifetime.
When it’s placed on our doorstep, we are put in the situation of having our faith tested. Whether it’s a career that has ended abruptly, finances that vaporized, sickness, and health issues that cripple us, and even the loss of those closest to us, we must be able to grab hold of God’s hand and pray for that which seems impossible to us.
Think about it.
When that opportunity comes, we are now given a chance to witness what others may view as impossible while we hold God’s hand, and He does what no man could do.
I have heard testimonies of those with cancer heading to surgery, only to return with the doctors befuddled by the miracle of cancer removed. They have x-rays to prove before and after. I truly believe God puts us in those situations and circumstances for various reasons.
One, and ultimately, is to glorify Himself. When all is lost, and every effort has been humanly made to try, God steps in and does the impossible. We should pray to ask God how we can allow Him to get more glory in all that we say and do.
Secondly, it may be that God wants us to draw closer to Him. This pandemic has revealed much about the fabric of our society today. It has been said:
“Crisis reveals our character.”
For the saved child of God today, all excuses have been taken away that would keep us from Bible reading, prayer, contacting others, studying, memorizing, and meditating.
But do we?
Lastly, it may be that God wants to reveal Himself to others through us.
How we handle a crisis will say much about our character. But, it can also give way for others to see Who is our hope, our strength, and our confidence in these uncertain times.
Allowing God to live His life through us can show the world the difference that Christ can make. When everyone else is panicking, we can be calm. When others live in fear of the future, we can share that our future is secure in Jesus Christ. When there is no peace, our presence and that of the One that is in us, can calm those around us.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.“
We saw this earlier this week:
Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
If where you are, today looks and seems impossible, where are you searching? Who is it that you are seeking? We, who name the name of Jesus Christ, must be the ones to allow our lives to reveal Him to those around us.
Ask for the enabling power to be, and do that which is impossible for us. Allow our faith to be placed in the One who can do all things that we may also say:
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.“