Impossible?

Some of the circumstances in my life that I’d labeled “impossible” began to look even more so. And
as I listened to others, I realized that they, too, had problems that seemed to have no solutions. I sensed that
many of us had given up hope of seeing any major changes in ourselves, in certain people, and/or in our
circumstances. Thus, we appeared to have adopted an I’ll-get-through-this-somehow attitude.
Initially, we had dared to hope for change. But as the years passed, with things remaining pretty much
the same, we stoically accepted certain painful parts of our lives as “our lot” and sought strength to endure
them. Oh, every now and then we’d experience a little surge of hope sufficient to inspire us to make
half-hearted attempts to bring about change, but we saw no significant improvement.
Early one morning when I was feeling especially discouraged over my inability to change
anything or anyone, especially myself, I opened my Bible and read these words spoken
centuries ago by the prophet Zechariah:

6“This is what the LORD Almighty says: All this may seem impossible to you
now, a small and discouraged remnant of God’s people. But do you think this
is impossible for me, the LORD Almighty?” (Zechariah 8:6, New Living
Translation).
I’d like to think that the people rejoiced as the prophet described for them the
“impossible” changes God had promised to bring about. But, if they were like most of us,
they probably thought, Nice to think about. Good to hope for. But that ain’t gonna happen. Not
in a million years. If so, then they were like those people Oswald Chambers describes (in
My Utmost for His Highest, February 27th and 29th) as those who rarely acknowledge God
as the Almighty, those who think He is able to do only that which humans can do. Although
they (and we) might never say that, our failure to implore the Almighty God to help us gain
victory over “impossible” people and situations indicates that we believe He has no more
power than we do.
Although Scriptures (Jeremiah 32:27 and Matthew 19:26, for example) tell us that nothing
is too hard for God, we continue to insult God by perceiving Him as mortal when He is divine,
by equating His infinite power with that which we possess, by thinking that because we are
made in His image He is no more than we are.
Having such a distorted concept of God, we seldom call upon Him to do the
impossible, concluding–wrongfully, of course, that He is unable to resolve those matters that
have troubled us for so long. Yet, we must cry out to Him, for He specializes in doing the
impossible. Even when we can’t, He can.
©Copyright 2003 by Johnnie Ann Burgess Gaskill

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