Zechariah 8:6 (NLT)
“This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me? says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.”
Accompanying our son to his chemotherapy appointments is my profound privilege. I do not enjoy the circumstances of each visit but embrace our time together even if it is just watching him play video game, enjoying a movie or a peaceful nap. I am so very thankful for him. Truthfully, I did not expect to still be coming to this place even though the doctors, nurses and staff are always helpful, kind and pleasant. If it is possible to call our time shared enjoyable, it really is. However, I would just as soon never see them again except on Facebook or occasional follow-ups. Each time we come marks one step closer to the realm of the impossible as with each new occurrence it is clear to man that cancer is winning. His doctor informed us that now we are operating on hope as we exhaust the reasonable modalities created by man racing for a cure for the invasion on his body. She said that faith and hope are imperative for this leg of the journey. I have news for her that is how we have come this far in the first place! After this conversation, I became lost in my thoughts at the stark realization that we are on the edge of the impossible. I am not sure how I feel about that although I have no choice. I embrace my faith tightly but still shudder when it is tested fearful that it may come up short. I tug on my hope “hoping” that it will hold tightly in this storm. There is no time to prepare for it is already here now all that is left is to endure and wait for the Glory of the Lord to appear. We have seen miracles in our lifetime yet it seems I am still breathless at the days ahead wondering, waiting and watching for the Lord to reveal His Plan to receive His Promise for our son. This is the impossible.
I Kings 19:11-13 (NLT)
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
The Glory of the Lord is a powerful force and not some warm, fuzzy feeling you get when the preaching is good or worship harmonious. It is not a shout and run around the church emotion but a quiet stillness as one encounters the awesomeness of God in all His Glory. Elijah had this privilege although the journey up the mountain was not one he desired once he got there imagine the view. As the Lord passed by His Prophet, it was like a “mighty windstorm, a terrible blast, an earthquake, a fire AND then a gentle whisper”. Creation trembles in its sin at the close Proximity of God. Yet the Lord still comes to His People in a still small voice. How often in the midst of the wind, rain and storm is it difficult to hear the Voice of God rather than running for cover? Most men would have gone back into the cave to hide when all hell broke loose on the mountain that day but Elijah had faith in God so confident hope kept him standing in the midst of chaos waiting to hear from the Lord. God’s Word to Elijah, “What are you doing here?” Well, he was hiding for his life of course. Jezebel was after him and quite capable of doing him harm if not killing him altogether. Fear forced Elijah into the cave. One man against the whole world it seemed. But faith brought him out to the edge of the impossible. There are days that I cannot focus on anything else but the healing of our son. Those are the days that I must step out on the edge of the mountain of faith and listen for the Voice of God. Yes, it seems impossible but what am I doing here? I must live by faith anchored in confident hope to make it through the great storm in our life to see the Glory of God when His Promise is fulfilled.
Matthew 17:19-20 (NLT)
Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
Nothing is impossible for those who have faith. “Why can’t I do ________________?” The answer is always that we do not have enough faith. Failure to receive is not because God is not ready to give. It is that we are not ready to receive. To those whom are given much is required.” (Luke 12:48) You have been given a measure of faith. You are responsible for what you do with it. Jesus told us that it only takes faith the size of a mustard seed (which is extremely tiny) to move an entire mountain. So how do we change our position and perspective of the impossible? We must learn by faith to engage when facing impossibilities and stop retreating or settling for what is possible to man. God will not force you to accept His Blessings, Promises and Miracles, although they are indeed our privilege and right as Children of God. So how does one withstand the storm on the edge of the impossible? Well, it is going to take some faith.
Hebrews 6:1-6 (NLT)
So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding. For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
Faith is referred to as seed and comes as a measure (again as seed comes) because it is to be cultivated in our life. We are to grow deep roots into a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. We are enticed by the Promises of God found in our faith but the real purpose of our faith is to restore a right relationship with God the Father and live as Children of God. However, most of the time faith is used solely for the things of this world which is not its true intention. It is the substance of things hoped for and evidence of the unseen. (Hebrews 11:1) Therefore, if you can see it, touch it or create it, then it does not require faith and hope. God allows us opportunities to reach a little farther into the unknown reality of the impossible by placing promises there for our acquisition. So we edge closer to the edge of Eternity and every single blessing it holds day by day and step by step. God has a plan for your life. It is a good plan with a future and a hope. Those who choose to live for today cannot have those things in the impossible realm because they do not have faith that produces confident hope just asking God for the manmade things in life. Enoch had faith that pleased God and did not die but was swept into Heaven with God. It is impossible to please God without faith like that. (Hebrews 11:5-6) How is your relationship with the Lord today? Is it like Enoch? Are you so close to the Father that it will be a seamless transition to Eternity because you have walked in His Presence before?
Ignorance is killing the church today. It is like a plague robbing men and women of God’s Very Best. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) Without Knowledge that comes from God, the people will perish. (Hosea 4:6) Those who are brought to repentance will not turn back. If you encounter the Presence and Glory of God just one time, it will change you forever. Our youngest daughter had severe asthma as a toddler, it came out of nowhere and devastated our family. She struggled to breathe continuously requiring routine medication and frequent medical visits each week. We took a crash course in faith as leaders and teachers from our church brought us up to speed on the Power of Faith. God healed our daughter miraculously. She had a morning dose of medication – God touched her – she has never had another incidence of asthma since then. The kid doesn’t even get sick very often since that time. Her pediatrician after a year of interrogation and constantly requesting to see her has also called it miraculous. Once I realized that God can touch you just like that, no one and nothing will ever change my mind again. This is the power of faith turned into confident hope. No one else can experience it for you – you must go through the cultivation steps yourself. You must hunger for His Word and thirst for it. Panting with expectation for what God will do next. There is no turning back for those who experience the impossible – it will hook you every time. You have to taste and see that the Lord is good to hunger and crave what only He can offer! (Psalm 34:8)
Romans 11:33-36 (NLT)
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
Luke 1:37 (NLT) For nothing is impossible with God.”
Everything comes from God. Everything exists by His Power. Everything is intended for His Glory. So nothing is impossible for God! God’s Ways are not like our way so stop looking for your blessing and promise as manmade possibilities and decide to wait on His Glory to make things right. God makes “every” detail of our life work together for good because of His Great Love. He does it. You can’t do it. Your friends and family cannot make it happen. The doctor is not able to accomplish such a great task. Your employer is not going to prosper you but God will do it all through every variable in your life in a way that you never imagined because it is produced by faith and confident hope that is not based on the seen or logical but those things that are not humanly possible, incapable of being true, not to be endured, and utterly impractical. This is the definition of impossible and it is where God works the most. If He told us exactly what He was doing we would try to help, but He doesn’t need our help just faith. If He showed us more than a step by step process, we would surely run ahead and miss those little details of His Goodness meant as blessings in disguise. Remember friends, we do not have the most stellar track record when it comes to obedience. If He gave us all our faith at once, we would somehow manage to lose it I am convinced. Impossibility requires total dependency on God!
Matthew 19:26 (NLT)
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
I am right here. Maybe you are, too. There are many people on the brink of the impossible but it is sometimes a very lonely place. God is waiting for you on the edge of faith mountain. He is whispering to you and urging you closer to hear. He has something that He is doing just for you that will require all your faith. You just have to be with Him. This is accomplished through righteousness or right-standing with God. Faith without works is like a body without breath. You cannot maintain right-standing with God if He is moving and you choose to stay put or go the other way. Everything is possible…WITH God. You must learn to walk in step with the Lord. Listen to the still small voice whispering directions for your life. You must do what God says to have His Very Best – this is only common sense. Obedience is the hard part especially when adrenaline takes over and tells you to “fight or flee” but His Voice is saying just wait on me! Through the wind, earthquake and fire, I am coming. See sometimes God has to remove all the distractions in our life to have our full attention…well Lord you have got mine and I am listening! How about you friend wading in the impossible? It is time to find safe harbor. (Psalm 107:30)
Hebrews 6:17-19 (NLT)
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
I know that God will heal our son. I have found it in His Word. He has confirmed it by His Spirit. My only reservation is will I have enough faith to make it to His Promise and not give up, give in or give out. Endurance is the tough part. Waiting is the worst. But these test and strengthen our faith so it is definitely a necessity. Hope is produced when we invest our faith in the Promises of God (which are all yes and amen therefore a sure thing) believing them with certainty as an anchor for our souls. Hope keeps us believing by faith and digging deeper to find more. I am living in confident hope that He who is promised will faithfully deliver. I cannot leave this position of watching and waiting unless I abandon all hope. I refuse to do it. I refuse to sink into depression or despair. I will not be moved as I hold tightly to Jesus – He is my strength! I will not be moved – not because I am a strong person because I have exhausted all that I am over the last two years. The only hope that I have is Jesus Christ as even medicine is now scratching their head. However, there is some excitement as we approach the impossible because I know Jesus is there. He is waiting with our Promise. He is faithful and true, not to mention the Lord has been there, too. (Mark 14:35-36) Nothing is impossible if I choose to believe and I do! (Mark 9:23) So for those who stand with me at the edge of the impossible today, be encouraged. Dig deeper in faith you will need it. Hold tight to confident hope for it is an anchor for your soul. Rejoice because you entering His Presence and will soon find your Promise! Nothing is impossible for God!
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NLT)
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.