Truth Tuesday – Nothing Is Impossible for God!

by Kathy

If you find yourself waiting for God to answer something you have been praying about, I hope that today’s Christmas devotional will encourage your heart.  Begin by reading the scripture.

Luke 1:5-25English Standard Version (ESV)

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,[a] of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.

24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people

 From the time Zechariah and Elizabeth were married, I imagine their hearts longed and prayed for a child, but year after year no child came and Elizabeth faced a culture that treated her as if she was an embarrassment and disgrace. Yet, scripture tells us they continued to pray and wait for God to answer.  I’m sure both of them questioned the delay in their prayer being answered, just as we often do.

While they waited and prayed, what Zechariah and Elizabeth could not see was God orchestrating the timing of Elizabeth’s pregnancy to align perfectly with His will – His arrival to earth to redeem us.  Elizabeth became pregnant just a few months before the virgin Mary became pregnant with Jesus, the Messiah – Immanuel – God with us.  God’s plan was for Zechariah and Elizabeth’s baby, John, to be the one who would turn many people to the Lord and would publicly announce that Jesus was the Messiah and Savior, the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

The wait that Zechariah and Elizabeth experienced brought about an incredible answer to prayer.  One that must have been beyond anything they could imagine!  As I write this, these words come to my mind….BUT with God nothing is impossible!

Do you have concerns that grip you and cause you to feel afraid and even doubt that God is able fix a circumstance or resolve a difficult situation you are facing?  Perhaps you feel that it seems hopeless and out of God’s ability to handle.  Maybe it is something that you have been praying about for a very long time and haven’t seen God answer or change and you are doubting that He will.

Someone reading this right now might be protesting saying – “But you don’t understand.  My situation is impossible.”  “My husband will never change”.  “We’ll never get out of debt.” “My health will never improve.”  “My child will never come to know Christ.”  “There is no hope for my marriage.” “We will never become parents.”  “This situation with my job will never improve.”

Dear friend, God is the same today as He was when this story took place a very long time ago.  He can solve any concern or problem you and I have in our lives.  You may not be able to see what He is doing, but He is at work!

Let me share God’s words with you:

Matthew 19:26 – “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Ephesians 3;20 – “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.  Amen.”

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

Read these verses over and over a few times.  As you do, name your situation and simply surrender it over to the One who is working it out for your good and for His glory.

God sees beyond the realm of your sight…your thoughts…your desires…your imaginations.  He operates Exceedingly.  He operates Abundantly.   He operates Beyond. He is always working out a miracle that transcends the farthest reaches of our thoughts…and all for His glory.

He may not be answering your prayers right now.  But this I know to be true and believe – He is orchestrating His plan and purposes for us and will unfold it in His timing.

So in the meantime…May I encourage you and I to do this…  Wait.  Pray.  Hope.  And get ready to do what Elizabeth did – give God the glory.

…And while you wait, let me also encourage you look for things daily where you say with great confidence and with heartfelt thankfulness, “God did this for me.”   It makes the wait just a little sweeter!

Have a grace full week resting in the truth that nothing is impossible for God ~

 

 

 

 

 

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