Impossible / Possible

Image“God laughs at impossibilities.” That was a statement made by our pastor during a sermon about eight years ago.  He was referring to the story in Genesis 18, where barren, post-menopausal Sarah had just been given a Divine message: She and her elderly husband would birth a son in the coming year. If that Divine message had to come to her via text, her reply probably would have read, “LOL!!!!”, for the Scripture tells us that she laughed when she heard the message (Genesis 18:12).

Fast forward to present day. Here are some facts we know about Sarah: She did indeed end up giving birth to a son, Isaac (Genesis 21). She subsequently became the grandmother of Jacob (Genesis 25), and later, the great-grandmother of the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 29 and 30). So when we read the story about Sarah’s laughter in Genesis 18, it’s easy to either (1) overlook her skeptical reaction to such bizarre news, or (2) belittle her for her lack of faith. After all, it happened just as God promised, didn’t it? It turned out fine, didn’t it?

Yet, I often react to the Divine in exactly the same way Sarah did. “LOL, God!” my text reply reads. “U r kidding.”  The Scriptures tell me that He has plans to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11); that He can do immeasurably more than I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). But I can’t believe it. I believe in what I can see; I believe in what I can make happen on my own; I believe in what makes practical sense. Essentially, I believe in what seems possible.

“Sarah laughed because it seemed impossible,” my pastor said. “But God laughs at impossibilities.”

Sarah and Abraham named their son Isaac, which means laughter. I clung to that Bible story – and to my pastor’s statements – in the months following his sermon.  It’s no accident that our son was given the middle name Isaac when he was born 6 ½ years ago. He was born after four painfully desperate, infertile years. Yes, he brings us laughter and joy, which is part of the significance of his name. But more than that, he is red-headed evidence that “the Lord will fulfill his purpose for me” (Psalm 138:8).

What impossibilities are staring you down? What Divine messages are receiving an “LOL” reply from you? Has God given you a dream that you are afraid to pursue? Has He asked you to do something for which you feel ill-equipped? I love this observation of A.W. Tozer’s:

“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things that we can do by ourselves.”

God defies logic. He laughs at the word impossible because with Him ALL things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

If He’s given you a dream, pursue it. If He’s calling you to do something, do it. The details are in His hands; the “how” of it all will be accomplished by Him. Change your reply from “LOL” to “OK.” And as you begin to see Him transform your Impossibilities, you will be moved to reverently tell your loving Creator, “OMG!”

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