"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

November 26, 2017

“Nothing will be impossible with God.”
LUKE 1:37

im·pos·si·ble
imˈpäsəb(ə)l/
adjective: impossible
not able to occur, exist, or be done. “a seemingly impossible task”
synonyms: not possible, out of the question, unfeasible

When God is factored in, the word impossible needs asterisks.

God and the word impossible have nothing in common. In fact, with Him the word becomes a false claim, since with God “all things are possible.” MATTHEW 19:26

Having just witnessed Sarah laughing at that suggestion, that, as an old woman, her womb would begin to nurture her long-awaited son Isaac, we now jump to the book of Luke, where once more we see an aged couple about to see their longing fulfilled with a miracle baby of their own.

The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth is a sweet reminder of the unchanging nature of our God, who loves to do the unexpected. With Him, miracles are normal.

The same God who made the sea out of nothing parted the Red Sea so that His people could walk on dry ground. He’s the one who caused the walls of Jericho to fall, the very God who gave the widow of Zarephath a jar of flour that kept on producing until the famine was over.

How could a wayward prophet survive in the belly of a whale, or Daniel not be a meal for hungry lions if God were not a miracle worker? What about a wedding where huge jugs of water morphed into the finest of wine, thanks to the power of the Son of God?

As we enter this time of Advent and consider the first two chapters of Luke, may Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, Simeon and Anna remind us that our faithful God is still a miracle-working God. Nothing has changed. The centuries have done nothing to diminish his power – it is our faith that needs to be revived. May these real-life characters enable us to trust again, to hope in our God for whom nothing is too difficult to remedy. Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Who among the gods is like you, Lord?
Who is like you – majestic in holiness,
awesome in glory, working wonders?
EXODUS 15:11

 

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