Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All things are possible with God

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Here is the story surrounding this verse. Jesus has traveled from Galilee to Judea. I am not exactly sure how many miles he traveled on foot, but possibly 60. After all of that walking, Jesus was followed by large crowds and he healed them. Then the Pharisees came to him and questioned him about divorce, which was a legal question that was debated by many teachers. Next, the children, probably rambunctious and crying, came to Jesus for blessings. Then a rich young man came to Jesus and said, Look how good I am. I obey the law and do everything I need to do to be saved. The young man expected Jesus to bless him, but instead, Jesus told him to sell his possessions and give to the poor. Although Jesus did not tell the man to sell all of his possessions, the young man still seemed to think that his possessions were more important than eternal life.

The verse above follows all of these happenings. Jesus must have been overwhelmed. I don't know that all of these things happened in a single day--certainly Jesus could not have traveled 60 miles on foot in one day-- but the time frame for all of these events is close. If Jesus had to remind himself and his disciples of God's incredible power in the face of being overwhelmed, then we most certainly need to remind ourselves as well. The circumstances of our overwhelmed feelings generally have to do with relationships (work, home, social), expectations of people in those relationships, and money or lack thereof. We have an impossible amount of work for one person to do, and we are at a loss as to how to take care of everything and take care of ourselves and our children as well.

Jesus says that if it is impossible for man, it is possible for God. Remind yourself of this today. All things are possible with God.