“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” - Luke 1:37
Human logic and reasoning sets fairly strict boundaries about what is and is not possible, what should and should not be tried, and what is laughable and what is sane. We are finite and limited beings who adhere to strict laws and rules of nature and logic. The place where faith kicks in is when God ask us to do something that is illogical, not possible, and laughable.
Faith, we are told, is/has substance and evidence. A casual study of Hebrews eleven would reveal that true faith is placed in God’s promises. If He said He would, you can take it to the bank, it is as good as done. One such story in Hebrews eleven is that of Abraham, particularly in regard to having Isaac.
Though Abraham and Sarah acted by faith eventually, they had some major failure first. Knowing that God would provide a linage and had promised much through the descendants of Abraham, they took matters into their own hands. In a sad act of unbelief, Sarah convinces her husband to marry her handmaiden Hagar and have a child by her. This disastrous plan backfires in more ways than one: Sarah hates Hagar afterward, Hagar is despised, and the forbearer of Islam Ishmael is born. The gloomiest part of this whole tale is the blatant lack of faith.
Thankfully, God still comes good on His promise, and Abraham and Sarah shine in their faith the second time around. Though both Abraham and Sarah laughed at one point at the idea of a son in their old age, they acted in faith. They conceived a child, Isaac, and the rest is history!
This was something that was absolutely not physically humanly possible. Sarah was eighty nine, and we are told explicitly that the potential for children was gone. She had tried to get pregnant her entire life, and no doubt it had saddened her when she was unable to have children of her own. Now it is physically impossible, and years past the first time God promised (it is thirteen years past Ishmael, and even more since the initial promise). This was a silly, impossible, illogical, laughable thing they were doing. I can just picture Sarah visiting with the neighbors, “yea, me and Abraham just started trying for a kiddo.” We would laugh at a eighty nine year old woman if she said that, and yet that is exactly what they did, by faith they starting ‘trying’ for a child.
NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING, is impossible with God. So tell me again what it is you are facing that is more than God can handle, and cannot be handled or fixed. Logically, there is no solution and to say otherwise would would be seen as silly by bystanders.
If God has promised something in His Word, you can believe it in absolute faith. It doesn't matter how illogical it seems to our human reasoning, NOTHING is impossible for God.
Daily Scripture Reading
Genesis 16 - 18
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”