“With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27)
Have you ever been in an impossible situation before? For example, it could be a major problem at work where there is no solution in sight. Or, perhaps you could be in such a tight financial constraint where there is no way out of the pile of debts that you are in. You felt trapped and without a solution at the horizon. What should you do?
Well, when you are in such an impossible situation, you have to examine your own life first. Why were you in such a situation? Was it a result of a particular sin? For example, a person may run into a financial crisis which could be due to a gambling debt or a collapsed business. Though both are in a similar financial predicament, yet the former is due directly to his sin of being addicted to gambling while the latter is due to something beyond his control. For the former, the impossible situation that occurs is God’s means of chastisement to bring one to the awareness of his sin, and to humble him and to draw him back to God. Impossibilities in life are God’s means to draw us close to Him.
But there are times you may be in an impossible situation, not because of disobedience, but rather because you choose to obey God. How do you reconcile the fact that when you decided to follow God wholeheartedly, you landed into an impossible situation? Take the case of the Israelites (Read Joshua 3). For 38 years the Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness, unable to claim the land of blessings which God had promised unto them because of unbelief. When the older generation passed away, God called Joshua to lead the new generation into the Promised Land. Joshua and the Israelites were careful to follow God’s instruction closely. And just as they were ready to enter into the land of Canaan, they were faced with the impossibility of crossing the mighty Jordan River. Although the area which they intended to cross was actually shallow enough for they to go through in normal days, however, at that time of the year Jordan River was at its greatest ferocity and overflowing its banks. How could an estimated group of 2 million people, be able to cross that great river, with both the young, old and infirmed among them? They landed in that impossible situation simply because they were following God’s instruction out of obedience and not disobedience! Nonetheless, as they looked unto God for deliverance, the Lord opened the River Jordan for them to pass through.
This is an important lesson for us. When there is a river of impossibility before us, and we are confident that it is the Lord who has led us there, and not because of our sin, then do not despair because God is going to lead us through the midst of impossibility. What is required of us is to follow God wholeheartedly and trust Him to lead and guide. The Israelites were commanded to follow the movement of the ark – they were called to go after the ark when they saw the priests bearing it up (Josh. 3:3). Following God when there seems to be no way out requires a great amount of faith and obedience. Faith – to believe that God’s promises will never fail. Obedience – not only to believe, but also to act on it.
Also, in such a situation, it is advisable to keep our focus on God. The Israelites were called to follow Ark of the Covenant from a distance of 2,000 cubits (~900m) and not to go near it. Why? So that everyone could have their eyes focused on the ark! The Ark of the Covenant was a symbolic representative of God’s presence with them. They must not lose sight of the Ark as they followed it.
Similarly, in order to follow God successfully, we must focus on God. Focusing on the impossibility of the situation will render a great fear in us. Remember, the brave Peter, when he saw Jesus walking on the sea towards their boat, he requested if he too could on the water to the Lord. Such was his faith! His request was granted and Jesus bid him “Come.” While he was walking on waters towards Jesus, his eyes momentarily shifted the focus to his side. The Bible says, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me” (Matt. 14:30). When you follow God, keep your focus wholly on the Lord. Focusing on the difficult situation will do you no good. It will only develop fear in you. Focusing on God will develop your faith. The Bible reminds us, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). This is the only way to overcome the difficulties of our situation successfully – that is to follow God and to focus on Him in times of impossibility.
The reason why God leads us into an impossible situation and then leads us out of it again is to fulfill His higher purpose for His greater glory. For the Israelites, the purpose was to strengthen their faith and at the same time to strike fear in the hearts of the heathen nations in Canaan. The same applies to us. God may bring you into an impossible situation so that He may strengthen your faith and so that He may use you to manifest His handiwork to others. It is God’s intention for the saints to draw near unto Him at such moments and to yield themselves completely unto Him, acknowledging their own inadequacies and at the same time calling upon His might to save. Impossibilities in life are God’s means to draw us close to Him. God’s deliverance is an opportunity for us to testify of God’s goodness in our lives.
My friends, if you are in an impossible situation in life, do not despair. If it is due to your own sin, then it is God’s means of drawing you back to Him. Repent and return unto God and He will abundantly pardon. If it is not due to your sin, rejoice because it means that God is going to do something special in your life. Believe that though it is impossible humanly, God is able; for “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27). God is going to manifest His handiwork in your life.
Follow God wholeheartedly and focus on Him during this difficult time of waiting upon the Lord. Be prayerful and yield yourself completely to His divine guidance. The Lord says in His Word, “8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9). God is done with you yet. For beyond the river of impossibility is the land of blessings awaiting for you. Again, the Lord says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jer. 29:11). God never fails. God never fails. Put your trust in Him and He will lead you through.