By Phillip Littleton
Mark 10:27 (ESV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
Many times we look at life’s circumstances as impossible to overcome. I am reminded of times when I am faced with uncertainties that seem as if there is no way to overcome them. These could be bills that are due with no money in the accounts to cover them, health issues that seem insurmountable, or simple problems that present themselves in a much more terrible light than they really are. Either way, these issues seem to be impossible. And, with man, they are impossible.
When I look at this verse, I am sometimes tempted to stop there. I look at the world we live in and the state of affairs that are streaming through every available media. Sometimes I think to myself that these problems are impossible to change or overcome. Even some simple, day-to-day problem rises up and I sometimes feel defeated. Then I am reminded of the second part of that verse…but not with God. For all things are possible with God.
But, what about the terror that happens on a daily basis, you may ask. Surely it is impossible to overcome that evil. “For all things are possible with God.” Well, what about the fact that my best friend was diagnosed with cancer. How will we ever
overcome that pain? “For all things are possible with God.” But I don’t have enough money to cover my bills and won’t get paid for another week. “For all things are possible with God.” But, I’m having a bad hair day. “For all things are possible with God.” Yes, even that untamable hair!
Are you tempted to stop before the comma in this verse? Do you sell yourself short and think “with man it is impossible…”? I want to ask you today to take a look at that comma. Webster’s dictionary tells us that the comma is a punctuation mark that indicates a pause in a sentence. So, the next time you are faced with a struggle that seems impossible to overcome, pause…and think about the rest of the verse. “With man it is impossible, but not with God.” That’s right, “For all things are possible with God.”
Abraham had a similar situation. He and his wife were childless. Yet, God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many. Even though this was a promise directly from God, Abraham couldn’t believe it. When he told his wife, she laughed and said it was impossible. Abraham and Sarah stopped at the comma. However, they took it a bit further and tried to “make things happen” on their own. After all, they felt God needed a little help. Long story short, their “help” ended up being a huge problem.
Sometimes we see something as impossible for man. But God, with a little help from us, can make it possible. No! This is not what was taught. God doesn’t need our help. In fact, our “help” tends to end up hurting us more often than not. When we are faced with what seems like the impossible, we need to hand it over to the Lord. All of it. He doesn’t need or ask us for our help.
What seems to be impossible for you today?
What has God made possible for you recently that initially seemed impossible?