What Are You Thinking Jesus? (God can do anything!)
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
“All things are possible with God!” We’ve all heard it right? And of course we all believe it! Well, mostly believe it? Sort of believe it? Believe it for some things but not others? Or maybe (like me sometimes) believe God can do anything in the lives of other people, but my problems…
Strange isn’t it? We have no problem whatsoever believing that God created the universe out of nothing, or that he raised his son Jesus Christ from the dead - but my addiction, or my fears and anxieties, or chronic health issue? For some reason when it comes to some of our own struggles our confidence in an all-powerful, all-capable God can diminish. Now trust me - I get it. Maybe you’ve prayed for years about a specific problem and to date nothing has happened or things have gotten worse. Maybe you’ve watched as others with the same issues have experienced God’s healing but your pain and suffering remain unresolved. I’ve been there before, and I’m there again right now in my journey through chronic pain.
Imagine how the disciples must have felt so many years ago when, far from any towns with food or other supplies, Jesus told them to feed a crowd of 5,000 with just five loaves of bread and two fish. Crazy right? Impossible! The disciples saw limitation - only five loaves and two fish; Jesus saw limitless opportunity to bring glory to his Father by doing the impossible with their only.
My wife works at Vermeer, and one of her colleagues named Max Wagaman likes to write devotional material that he shares with his fellow co-workers. Last week he wrote a devotional titled “What Are You Thinking Jesus?” that discusses the feeding of the 5,000 and the bigger picture of God’s ability to do the impossible. Max runs down a big list of all the impossibles we have in our lives:
· Addiction is too big to overcome!
· Illness is too big to overcome!
· Finances are too big to overcome!
· This sin is too big to overcome!
· Loneliness is too big to overcome!
· Hurt is too big to overcome!
· This request is too big to overcome!
The truth of course is that none of these things are too big for God to overcome!!! That’s something I need to hear over and over and over again right now! In his conclusion Max reminds us of this encouraging truth:
“Whatever it is that you are facing today, and it seems way too big to overcome, remember nothing is impossible for God!”