The God of the Impossible

Disclaimer: This post may seem similar to my post Limiting the Ultimate Power but it is different.

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A few weeks ago, we sang a song at church called ‘The God of the Impossible’ the first part of the song goes

I don’t know how God hangs the world on nothing

Or how He keeps the planets each in place.

I cannot count the sands upon the seashore,

Nor can I count the stars that float in space.

But God can do what seems impossible…

Right now, it seems like we are praying requests that we deem impossible. But we are praying to the God of the Impossible.

Matthew 19:26 says

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In our feeble minds, we think that our requests are impossible, we can’t possibly think about how our request can be answered. Sometimes though, God puts us in “impossible” situations so we, and maybe others, can see His power. It is ultimately for His glory and His purpose.

But, when we feel like the situation we are in is impossible, remind yourself of some of the things God has done, that can be described and defined as impossible.

The Parting of the Red Sea – Exodus 14

God had just used Moses to free the Israelites from the bondage of slavery in Egypt; He used the 10 plagues of Egypt to show His ultimate power to Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel.

Not long after Pharaoh let the Israelites go, Pharaoh was in pursuit of them, but it was all according to God’s plan

Exodus 14:4 says

Then I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, so that he will pursue them; and I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord.” And they did so.

God was going to put the Children of Israel in a very impossible situation; they just escaped slavery, they think they are free, but soon they see that Pharaoh is close behind them with hundreds of chariots and men.

Behind them, Pharaoh and in front of them is the 169,000 sq. mi Red Sea. The sea has an average depth of 1,610 ft, there was no way the hundreds of Israelites were going to cross the sea in time before Pharaoh caught up to them.

The Israelites were voicing their opinion on the matter, in a word, they were angry that Moses brought them out of Egypt to, they thought, ultimately die.

But Moses says in Exodus 14:13-14

13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”’

God then told Moses to lift his rod and He would part the Red Sea. And Moses did what God commanded

Exodus 14:21-22

21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.

22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

Can you imagine that? This huge sea is parted and it is nothing but two giant walls of the sea and dry ground.

Moses himself did not part the sea; God did. He just used Moses to show His power in doing the impossible.

Both the Israelites and Moses were trusting God in this impossible situation, and sometimes that is all we can do; just trust God. Some things are way beyond our ability or control, and we have to let God step in, then we step back and be amazed at what God can do.

The Walls of Jericho – Joshua 6
Just about 40 years after the Red Sea, the Children of Israel were faced an impregnable fortress, an impossible obstacle; Jericho.

Jericho was God’s Promised Land for the Children of Israel, and God was going to give it to them, they just had to do one simple task. Conquer Jericho…impossible! Jericho was a city, that was surrounded by a massive wall.

And God was going to have Joshua and the Children of Israel conquer the city by marching around it for six days and on the seventh by blowing trumpets and shouting.

Joshua 6:3-5

3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.

4 …. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat….

Can you imagine the reaction of the Children of Israel and Joshua when they heard God’s instructions? They were going to march around a fortified city with massive walls, and by shouting and marching the walls were going to fall?

I am sure by the third or fourth day, the Israelites were getting tired and discouraged, but they pressed on. The relevance of this is that we need to keep doing what God says, keep doing what you know is right, keep following, and trusting. Because when God is ready for the breakthrough, it will come. Faith wins impossible victories.

Just like it did for the Children of Israel and Joshua, 

Joshua 6:20 says

So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

We can be confident in God’s ability to deliver on what He has promised. Faith believes the impossible will happen before it happens. God calls us to believe that the impossible will take place even though we see no current evidence for it.

I won’t go into it, but think of David defeating Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. He was a just a teenager, and God used David to defeat a giant.

Daniel escapes the lions den in Daniel 6; Daniel was thrown in a lion’s den, and God shut the mouths of lions and Daniel survived.

God can deal with the impossible, we can’t. This is where faith comes in. When you face the impossible all that is left to you is faith… and panic – sometimes a bit of both!

Just remember that God specializes in the impossible. We need to trust His purpose, obey His instructions, be faithful, and believe in His ability.