Have you ever hesitated to offer up a prayer, thinking it’s an impossible request? Does an overwhelming challenge leave your heart constricted with fear or doubt? Maybe you’re not receiving the answer to a long-standing prayer and wonder if you should just give up. I recently experienced what seemed like an impossible situation, and the words “the God of the impossible” came to mind. I knew that if I reminded myself why I wholeheartedly believed this, He would comfort me. If you need comfort too, or would just like to worship our great God of the impossible, come along with me…
Nothing is Impossible with God
I believe we serve a God of the impossible, but sometimes fear and worry slither their tentacles into my faith. (And we know where that comes from…)
This leads to thinking I can confine God somehow, even though I know He is a sovereign and loving God. Sometimes the mountain before me seems insurmountable and unfair. At these times, we need to go to His Word for truth.
When the angel tells Mary of her upcoming pregnancy and birth of the Messiah, Mary seeks some clarification to this impossible situation. The angel comforts her with more details and informs her that her relative Elizabeth; infertile and advanced in age is also pregnant. This evidence of God’s astonishing power came with the reassurance that nothing is impossible with God:
“For with God, nothing will be impossible.” NKJV.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” NIV.
This statement from Jesus comes at the end of the story of the rich young ruler. Jesus instructs his disciples on the difficulties that exist for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. This teaching astonished the disciples as their culture believed God blessed the rich in many ways, including salvation. “Who then can be saved?” (v25) they ask. Jesus reassures them that with God, all things are possible.
See? Impossible is not in God’s vocabulary. Jesus tells us so. 😊
Examples of Impossible Situations in the Bible
We’ve already seen the immaculate conception, a miraculous pregnancy in a menopausal woman, and our salvation from sin in the above verses.
But what about the impossible examples of God speaking the universe into existence? Or David, the child soldier, slaying a 9ft tall giant with a slingshot and a rock?
God parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites to escape the Egyptian army into safety.
He provided manna and quail for 40 years to 2 million people.
God shut the mouths of lions to save Daniel.
Jesus feeds 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and some fish. His miracles were too numerous to record.
God raised Jesus from the dead!
We have a well-documented account of God’s creative power and provision for His people. It shows us He does some of His best work when things look utterly impossible for us!
Trusting God When it Looks Impossible
Job’s story shows us his honest struggles through great suffering and the faith to make it through impossible situations. After all his difficulties, Job finally tells God, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2 NIV)
Job didn’t understand why he had to go through these things, but we see in his story he clung to what he knew about God. His faith and trust kept him going through the struggle.
This was such a great reminder to me! I need to hold on tight to the truths of God’s character, abilities, and love for me and my loved ones in any impossible situation.
Faith Makes All Things Possible
Our faith is not intellectual knowledge or facts. It is a gift from God. When Paul was discussing being a living sacrifice, he taught us how to live out our saving faith:
“Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” Romans 12:3b (NIV).
We all have a “measure of faith” given to us that drew us to Jesus, and we expand and deepen our faith by hearing/reading the Word of God:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.” Romans 10:17 (NIV)
(Paul wasn’t discarding the idea of reading the Word. The ordinary citizen of the day relied on oral tradition.)
Mustard Seed of Faith
Jesus needed His disciples to know how important their faith would be for their upcoming ministry.
In the Parable of the Mustard Seed, the disciples could not heal a demon-possessed boy. After Jesus healed the boy, the disciples came to Him and asked why they could not heal him.
“Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)
They needed a faith that totally depended on God and to humble themselves completely.
Jesus wants us to believe in our hearts and minds that He can do anything. He wants us to have a mustard seed of faith, not a mustard seed of doubt!
We have all the proof we need to believe in Jesus and His capabilities. We know His Word and promises are true. The written record and testimony of the early believers exist for our benefit.
“Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27b NIV.
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The Impossible God
No matter what situation is in front of us, we can boldly come before Him and place it at His feet. Whatever we think is impossible, God says He has no limits or boundaries. His power makes all things possible.
We have His promises to cling to when life seems impossible:
•He will show you the way to go– “The Lord will guide you always” Isaiah 58:11a (NIV).
•God will give you strength – “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV).
•You can count on His comforting love – “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV).
•God stays with you through every impossible situation- “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).
•He is for you and has the final say–
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31(NKJV).
Trusting God in the Face of Impossibilities
Here are actions you can take when faced with the impossible:
•Speak out your trust and stand on your Rock when you are afraid: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV.
•Pray and wait patiently with expectation: “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 NIV.
•Praise and worship God:
Paul and Silas were imprisoned even though they were innocent of any crime. They endured being beaten and put in stocks in a cell deep in the bowels of a prison. Their situation must have seemed dire- in pain, innocent, and locked away.
What did they do in this impossible situation? Praise and worship God.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.” Acts 16:25-26 NIV.
•Use your bold confidence in God:
I referred earlier to the story of David and Goliath. David was so confident in his trust and faith in God, that he walked towards Goliath- an impossible situation! He used his trust and faith to defeat Goliath.
Do you walk towards your impossible situation, or hide/run away in fear or despair?
Nothing is Too Hard for God
You can trust God to work a miracle when you face the impossible. Don’t second guess the God of the Impossible. Pray, knowing that God can make all things possible. If it is in His will to do so, nothing can hold Him back. We serve a mighty God. Let Him show you His power and glory!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20 NIV.
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28 thoughts on “The God of the Impossible”
I have a dream that would be so easy to achieve if one particular person had the grace to give me a few moments of his time but it seems so hard to get this to happen. I believe God can do anything but I keep doubting that he will chose to do this for me as I am not worthy. Do I give up or keep hoping and praying. Thankyou.
Jesus has rescued you, redeemed you, and brought you into His family forever when you believe in Him and accept His sacrifice. You are perfect in His eyes! It is so important to know your identity in Jesus! Don’t let the world, other people, or even your own thoughts tell you otherwise. None of us are worthy of His love, but He gives it freely. With that comes the Holy Spirit within us to help us, guide us, and give us His wisdom. If He chooses to answer your prayer, with a “no”, or “not yet”, it is not because you are unworthy. Since I don’t know your situation, I can only say that we are told to pray persistently and never give up, so yes, keep praying! Have you set time aside to speak to Him about this and then really listened for His response? Are your prayers specific? Have you prayed for another way in to see this person (through other people, or approaches- email, letter, etc)? I will pray with you, Carolyn, that a way would open for you to have a few moments of this person’s time. God bless you!
Beautiful article. God bless you, sister in Christ
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and kindness. God bless you!
Thank you for reminding us that God does the impossible!
If ever there was an impossible situation hear this. So now I am pregnant after a devastating miscarriage, previous pregnancy was of unknown location where I never really got to figure out where the pregnancy was implanted. Just some positive pregnancy tests, then a few weeks later bleeding, and then not pregnant any more. This pregnancy is so horrible now though, with the sickness and vomiting, I feel bad to say this, but I wish sometimes I would just die to be out of my misery. Forgive me Lord. I am sorry, that’s a bad thing to say, but it’s because of the anguish. I repent of the thought. I want to live to give the child life. And so with this pregnancy I feel unwell to interview for a long-awaited, once in a lifetime opportunity for a promotion which I NEED. Also I now feel like I will also not be able to close on the purchase of a house which I just made a deposit on, (due to unexpected medical expenses from complicated pregnancy) and was on a long waiting list to buy. Don’t see this house opportunity opening up again either. Then there’s the finances and accommodation for a new member of the family to worry about. Those are my impossible situations, hitting me all at once. Only our loving all-powerful God could ever fix what seems like these big, big messes I’m facing. Yes, I really want the baby I’m just struggling. I need the job and the house for the baby but because of the baby I can’t reach for the job and the house.
You are so right- only the God of the impossible could sort out this complicated situation. I was sick throughout my entire 4th (and last!) pregnancy, so I have an inkling of what you are going through. I pray that He continues to guide you day by day (hour by hour?) as you work through this difficult time!
I believe God will help me gain employment, go back to school, and pay all my debts off in full. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
Beautiful prayers Lauryn! I believe He can do all these things for you as well. I’m putting you on my daily prayer list as well! God bless you!
I believe that after 2 visa rejection God will approved the third time..God’s power has no limit and boundaries..if God did it to abraham,david,daniel,isaac and many He will no doubt make impossible things possible for me..I have faith in the Lord.
He truly can do all things! Your faith is beautiful and I pray that your visa comes through quickly!
I want God Almighty to replace my left thumb with a brand new one in the mighty name of Jesus. My God has no limits to what He can do, please pray for me. Thanks
I will definitely pray for you! I have put you on my daily prayer list. Your faith is amazing- Our God can truly do the impossible! God bless you!
I pray that God will deliver me from what is preventing me from going through the underwriting with my home. The house is mine and I claim it in the name of Jesus. Pray to God that my credit scores will miraculously improve, financially stable, and we close on time for this house. This is the house he built ground up to raise my children and I will claim it. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
I have added your concerns to my daily prayer list, Eros. May the God of the Impossible deliver your needs! God bless you- AnnMarie
Thank you dear very encouraging
I’m so glad that this post found it’s way to you! God is so good, His Word always goes out and accomplishes His purpose. (Isaiah 55:11) To Him be all the glory! Blessings to you!
Yes and Amen! Our God is a mighty God!
Waking up this morning looking at my situation and here comes the word of God in my mind he is the God of the impossible.. I searched out to see more about the impossibility of God guess what happened I bumped into this post.. Thank you Jesus Christ Your truly the God of the impossible I have faith in this month I will carry my baby
Praise to the God of the Impossible! I am overjoyed that you sought out His wisdom and encouragement, and it led you to exactly what you needed. I have added you and your baby to my daily prayer list- your faith is beautiful!!
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
Luke 1:26-31 ESV. IT’S A SIXTH MONTH OF THE YEAR TOO AM PRAYING FOR THIS GOOD NEWS IN MY WOMB AS IT WAS WITH MARRY IN JESUS NAME
I have prayed for you already, and will continue to do so even though I do not know your name. I was a Labor and Delivery nurse for many years. and my heart always goes out to those who fervently desire a child! It is such a wondrous and beautiful experience. I pray God grants you the desires of your heart! Bless you!
Please do pray for me too l am waiting to get pregnant May God reward me with a healthy baby boy
It is my honor to lift up your prayer. I have put you on my daily prayer list. (I used to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, so I have a special place in my heart for those desiring a pregnancy!) May He give you the desire of your heart!
This absolutely blessed me and was exactly what I needed to encourage another on deliverance and situations in general. This encouraged me! My God I am so grateful.
Isn’t is utterly amazing that He sent this post to you when you needed it? I LOVE that He cares for us in these ways and more! I needed this post as much as anyone! Blessings to you Kianna, AnnMarie
Excellent! Loved the CS Lewis quote and the one from Mary Bethune. And this one from you was so good:
He wants us to have a mustard seed of faith, not a mustard seed of doubt!
Thanks Cindy! I loved those quotes too. 🙂