>Philippians 4:13 was one of the first scriptures I memorized as a kid. “I can do all things through Christ who is my strength.” Or “Nothing is impossible with God.” Both speak to amazing opportunities to trump the world’s idea of success. Essentially, we are able to break all the rules of nature because we serve a God who created that nature in the first place.
Impossibility is something that everyone faces. Sometimes it seems like everyone is against you and no matter what you do, it is simply impossible. Perhaps a family member has a fatal disease and the doctor has that “it’s just a matter of time now” face, do you believe that the God you serve can heal them? Now please understand me here. I know that there are some “pastors” who tell you that if you just believe enough it will happen and if it doesn’t, then, I guess you don’t have enough faith. That is not what I am trying to say. Your faith is a very key factor. “If you have the faith of a mustard seed nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew) The difference is that faith isn’t the only determinant. God’s will is what will determine whether or not a sickness is relieved. God’s will is what will determine what is impossible and what is simply a matter of stepping out and grabbing it.
The point I am trying to make is that the impossible and completely improbable situations are perfect opportunities for God to reveal himself and prove his glory and majesty. Those situations have nothing to do with our assumed abilities and everything to do with showing the world who God is.
Take Gideon versus the Midianites for example (found in Judges 6). The Israelites were outnumbered to begin with. Then to defy the odds further, God tells Gideon that there are too many men! Too many?! They were already the favored looser and still God instructed that all men who were afraid to leave. With only 1/3 of the men he started with, Gideon looks again to God. But still there are too many so the men go to drink from the river. All who lap it straight up like a dog are out, only those who cupped the water and drank from their hands remained. Gideon had just gone from an army of 32,000 to 300. In the scales of probability, this one is a no brainer. The Israelites were going to lose. But instead they win. God delivered them and they conquered their enemy so that God would receive the glory. “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” God depleted their resources so that it appeared completely impossible by their own strength, and it was. But with God, “nothing is impossible.”
There are times when it may appear that the stakes are set up against me, I am predestined to loose. But, what if, God allowed me to be weakened that He might receive the glory for my victory. What if I have nothing to do with it? That’s what it comes down to in the end; in my own strength, I can do nothing, but with God, nothing is impossible.