“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The God of the Impossible

(Please read Romans 5:3-5)

August 25

Many times people, attempting to maintain their faith, wave away their sufferings as minute or trivial and say, “Praise God!” or “God is good.”

Those proclamations of praise are wonderful and true. Indeed, for most of us, our sufferings are minuscule in comparison with the sacrifice of Christ, and it is right for us to have the proper perspective. Let’s look at Abraham’s example of faith, with which God was very pleased. God promised Abraham that his offspring would be numerous, a promise that could have appeared strange under the circumstances, but look at Abraham’s response: “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver. . . .” (Romans 4:19-20, NIV).

This is faith. How glorious the realization of God’s promise! Like Abraham and Sarah, let’s not minimize our difficulties in an attempt to make God’s help seem more achievable. Our God is the God of the impossible! He “gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

Never should we wallow in despair in times of trial, for we have hope. Let’s learn God’s promises and draw near to Him in faith, humility, thankfulness and surrender. But exercise caution and don’t start expecting the fulfillment of promises that God never made. To be sure of what to hope for, we must become familiar with God’s word of promise, where we will find things to hope for beyond our ability to ask or think.

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