Think about the following situations from the Bible for a minute (I encourage you to look up the passages in their context):
- God creates the world out of nothing. Genesis 1:1
- God blesses Abraham and Sarah with a child, at the age of 100 (Abraham) Genesis 21:5
- God divides the Red Sea with the power of His word. Exodus 14:21
- God defeats Jericho by having the Israelite army march around the wall until it fell. Joshua 6:20
- God chooses a shepherd boy to defeat a giant and then anoints him king. 1 Samuel 17:50
- God sends His Son Jesus, who is God, to live sinless and die as the God-man for men. Matthew 1:23
- Jesus turns water into wine. John 2:9
- Jesus restores sight to the blind, heals the lame, lepers, and deaf. Matthew 11:5
- Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. John 11:43
- Jesus walks on water. Matthew 14:26
- God raises Jesus from the dead. Matthew 28:6
This list could go on and on, but the point is that God gets glory from what man sees as the impossible. To God, it’s not a miraculous work, it’s just Him being consistent with His own omnipotent, omniscience character. To us it’s miraculous because we see it as impossible or beyond our own limitations. God certainly works in the everyday, but let us not forget that He also works in the impossible and it’s in these situations that He is most glorified.
As you begin this New Year, I’d like to challenge you to change your perspective from the safe and comfortable routine to the impossible. Ask yourself “How can God be glorified through me in the impossible?” Whatever the situation may be ask Him to work through the impossible for His own glory. Whether this might be a job situation, a financial situation, a health situation, a desire to serve Him in a greater capacity, any and every area of your life that from your perspective seems impossible, ask God to work and not for your own good or selfish purpose, but for His glory. As I read the Bible, the pattern seems clear to me, God is most glorified in the impossible.
“But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26