If we do what is difficult, God will do what is impossible. This was a quote that I heard on the radio this week as I was driving into work. It reminds me of a verse Luke 18:27 where Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” It reminds us that God has provided a way for us to have eternal life and can also help us overcome difficulty. It takes faith to look at a situation and believe that it will change.
When you think about people in the Bible that allowed God to use them to do something difficult, it reminds us that there isn’t anything impossible. God blessed Abraham with descendants as many as the stars in the sky. He was with Job when his world had crumbled all around him. He used a Jewish woman named Esther to become queen so that the Jewish people would be protected. He saved Joseph when his brothers had tried to kill him and later Joseph was able to save his family from a drought. There are so many stories that help us to see how God can do the impossible. My favorite is the story of David.
David was the smallest of Jesse’s eight sons and probably the least likely to become king but he was anointed by Samuel to replace Saul. David showed that he could do something impossible by killing Goliath, the nine-foot giant. He first had to choose to do something difficult by taking a few small stones and a slingshot. After proclaiming God’s name, he took a stone and slayed the giant. It is such a great story that is told in many childhood Sunday School classrooms and Vacation Bible Schools. Now as an adult, close your eyes and think about yourself in that area as David steps forward with the stones in his hand facing a giant that stepped up to the line. The giant is laughing at this little boy with rocks in his hand. David isn’t afraid because he knows God is ready to fight for him.
There is a song that is played on Christian radio called “Giants Fall” by Francesca Battistelli. The chorus says: Don’t you be afraid of giants in your way. With God, you know that anything’s possible so step into the fight, He’s right there by your side. The stones inside your hand might be small but watch the giants fall.”
Sometimes we face difficulties in our life and we want to just hide until they pass. From personal experience, I must be careful not to just stay in bed and wait for it to be over. Truthfully, the difficulty may not pass until we face it head on and keep moving. Facing a problem can help you become stronger because you learn to trust God during the situation. It can be anything from just physically moving from one room to another to overcoming anxiety or dealing with a difficult person. Don’t put your head in the sand, put your head up to the sky and give that problem to God. Start each day with a fresh breath as you inhale the strength of God and exhale the difficult problem you are facing. It may even take a couple of breaths – inhale strength of God, exhale the difficult problem.
If we do what is difficult, God will do what is impossible. Live this way, facing life head on and believing in God who gives you strength and courage. Then, watch your giants fall!