Nothing impossible…

“For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37)

The message Mary received from the angel Gabriel must have boggled her mind. Her thoughts run wild: an angel visits and speaks; she soon will be with child though a virgin; her son will be His Son; the consummation of the ages begins with her womb.

Many ages before Sarah laughed when presented with a single portion of the blessings Mary was to receive…

Gen. 18:9   Then they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ 14 “Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, “I did not laugh”; for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

After her doubtful laughter, Sarah is reminded of the obvious: “Is anything too difficult for the LORD?” Mary also is reminded of the power of the Creator: “For nothing will be impossible with God.” Mary has questions, as did Sarah, but a sober confession of faith in God replaces the laughter of doubt: “‘Behold, the slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word'” (Luke 1:38).

As Christians we receive these words as history. Thousands of years ago on a particular day at a particular time, God opened Sarah’s womb and she gave birth to a son when she was 90 years old. Two thousand years ago, God opened Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. She gave birth to a son though she was a virgin.

Will we be taught by these passages that nothing is impossible for God? It may be that we accept these passages as some sort of history, but our daily thoughts–that there are indeed many things impossible for God–won’t allow us to accept these passages as our history. We don’t believe God can grant us victory over certain sins; we doubt whether God can change the heart of our unbelieving children; we think it impossible for God to restore our marriage to its former peace and joy; we suspend our faith when it comes to disease and the ways of our nation.

Let the history of these passages sink into your bones and the truths they teach about God’s power will pour into your blood. A ninety year-old gave birth. A virgin conceived and carried the Creator of the womb. The Ruler of the stars nursed at his mother’s breast.

Everything else–your relationships, your loneliness, your children, your finances, your nation, your sins–is small potatoes.

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