When you hear that “all things are possible with God,” how does that make you feel? Do you feel anything? Is it just a platitude you hear about God or does it influence how you live your life?

“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’—Mark 10:27

Jesus had just told the disciples, in Mark 10:23-25, that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Obviously, a camel can’t go through the eye of a needle… So, is Jesus saying it’s not even possible for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God? The disciples were astounded. In Mark 10:26 they asked Jesus what we are all thinking–“then who can be saved?” Jesus’ answers–no, it’s not possible with man, but it is with God! All things–EVEN THIS!–are possible with God.

This is one of those verses we hear quoted a lot. All things are possible with God. And it makes sense, right? He’s God. I mean, obviously, if God can raise his son from the dead–he can do anything! We know this, but do we actually live our lives as if we believe it? While living our lives, circumstances hit us that seem unmanageable. I don’t mean just the big issues. I’m referring to even the everyday stuff–the responsibilities that are on our plate that somehow must get done. We just don’t see how we can handle them all. At times, the situation seems impossible. And, actually it is…at least for us!

We aren’t supposed to handle it–alone. God is the one to handle it. He wants us to come to him! Every day. For everything! Do you struggle with this like I do? With God–ALL things are possible. Even when God asks us to either handle something or allows a situation in our life that seems unfair and impossible–we must remember, it’s NOT impossible WITH GOD. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s easy for us, does it!

Take this story in Mark, for instance. The rich man had asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Great question. Jesus said he would have to sell all he had, give it to the poor and follow him. (Mark 10:17-21) Wow, that seems harsh. Yet, it drives home the point of why it’s so hard for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! It’s not that this is what everyone is required to do to inherit eternal life. The point is–Jesus knew what ruled this man’s life. Money was at the center of his heart and what drove his decisions. That was his idol. Jesus was saying he needed to let that go–and trust and follow him. He needed to put God first.

When problems and issues cross my path–I struggle with taking my eyes off the problems and focusing on Jesus. Do you? I wish I didn’t struggle so much with that. There are times I’ve “let go and let God.” Yet, for me anyway, that’s usually when I’ve hit my wits end. I invariably try everything I can in my power first, then I either cry out for help or remember to let go and ask God for help. What does that look like in your life? When you are hit with the impossible or even difficult, how do you handle it? Is prayer your first thought and your first step in handling the situation, or is it your last?

My Prayer:

Lord, first, thank you for your faithfulness and patience with us. We can be so stubborn and difficult at times, at least I know I can be. I keep trying to take the reins back from you in my life. There will be times I just—all of the sudden—realize I’ve somehow taken hold of the reins again after I had turned them over to you. I’m learning I need to be specific about what I’m turning over to you. It’s easier to be very general–to say okay Lord, you have total control in my life. But the more specific I am–the more I realize there are things I’m still trying to control. You want to guide us. You don’t force yourself on us–but you so love us and want to be with us. You want to give us direction, to show us how you are working in our lives and to show us that all IS possible with you.

How awesome is it that NOTHING is impossible for you, Lord! That shouldn’t just be a trait that we know you have–but a reality that excites us and empowers us to no end! You are almighty and nothing is impossible for you! May we live our lives like we believe this! Show us more of you, Lord. As we dig deeper into your word, I pray we see and hear you. We don’t want just a glimpse. We want to get to know you! We want to hear your voice so we will know it when we hear it. You tell us in your word that if we seek you we will find you. You want us to live for you and with you. We are truly seeking you, Lord. We want a deeper relationship with you. By having that relationship, we’ll learn to come to you first, when we reach the impossible circumstances–without even thinking about it, rather than waiting until we’ve tried everything else first. Amen.