With God All Things are Possible
Maybe its salvation, freedom, forgiveness for people in your life that are in darkness
Maybe its a financial miracle, a healing miracle, a relational miracle.
Maybe its peace. To let go after you have done all you can do and put it in God’s hands…
Do you believe that with God all things are possible? Or do you pray and ask for God’s intervention and when it doesn’t appear it will turn out the way you asked you give up. You get mad at God, get mad at the person, the circumstances, label it “not possible” and move on.
John Eldredge tells the story of the rich young ruler (Mark 10:17-27) in his book Beautiful Outlaw and gives us a different perspective of possible.
“The young man approaches Jesus, falls to his knees and says “Good Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus replies “Why do you call me good?” No one is good-except God alone. You know the commandments of Moses: “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not slander, do not defraud, and honor your father and mother.”
It would appear the conversation is over but this young man doesn’t give up.
“Yes, Teacher, I have done all these since I was a child.” Jesus, looking at the young man, sees that he is sincere and responds out of His love for him.” “Son, there is still one thing you have not done. Go now. Sell everything you have and give the proceeds to the poor so that you will have treasure in heaven. After that, come, follow Me.”
The young man walks away with sadness because he is not willing to part with his great riches. For this rich young man and for many of us who do not see a reasonable chance we will receive from God what we need it appears the story is over. But there is more to the story. Jesus speaks to the disciples as the young man is walking away
“Oh, it is hard for people with wealth to find their way into God’s kingdom!”
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Not exactly encouraging and His disciples are understandably confused. They ask “Who then can enter the kingdom of heaven, who can be liberated?”
Jesus with a smile on his face says “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God: God makes everything possible.”
Eldredge writes “Picture Jesus watching the young man walk away. Jesus sees a sincere heart in this young man. In fact it says He loved him. The one thread that will unravel his life has been pulled and even though the disciples are pessimistic Jesus sees what they do not, sees the internal revolution already taking place. And He says “but with God all things are possible.”
Sometimes the prayers we pray are not answered in the time frame we would like. Sometimes it looks like they never will be. But God is working even when we can’t see any visible difference.
In the story of the rich young ruler some believe he was later known as Mark. Mark who traveled with Paul and Barnabas and wrote the Gospel of Mark.
Before you give up on the prayer you have prayed , before you give up on the one who is walking in the opposite direction of what you are praying for in their life, remember what Jesus said “With God all things are possible.”
Whatever it is you are asking God for within the boundaries of His will, don’t give up the answer may be nearer than you think!