The God of the Impossible
All things Are Possible With God
Our God truly specializes in the impossible. No matter how "self-sufficient" that we are, there will eventually come a time when something will happen in our lives that we humanly cannot do anything about. Things like the death of a loved one, the loss of a job through no fault of our own, an accident, or an unexpected health issue. These things can literally throw our lives completely off balance and cause us to question ourselves and our faith. Some are tempted to abandon God because they feel that He has somehow let them down. It is then that we need to lean more heavily on the God of the impossible than we've ever done in our lives.
I. A Red Sea Experience
There they were, the Children of Israel. After being captives for generations, they were finally free. Or were they? Pharaoh, after releasing the people, had a change of heart. He wanted them back. So he sent his army after them. And they caught up to the Israelites. God's people were in an impossible situation. They were surrounded on all sides. On their left and right were a tower of rocks and a desert. In front of them was the Red Sea. Behind them was the entire Egyptian army. There was absolutely nothing they could do and nowhere they could run.
What was their response? Not a very good one. They said to Moses:
"Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness." (Exodus 14:11-12).
The children of Israel did what many Christians do today when faced with impossible situations. They got afraid and started blaming others for their situation. In this case, it was Moses. They blamed Him for getting them in trouble.
When faced with our own "Red Sea" experience, it is so easy to respond the same way, isn't it? Much of the time we blame the Lord. We ask things like: "Why are you doing this to me?" or, "What have I done to deserve this?" It is tempting to get angry and to give up hope. But there is a better way to respond when the impossible situation happens
II. A Positive Response to a Red Sea Experience
From Moses, we get the proper response to a Red Sea experience. He tells the people of Israel:
"Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace" (Exodus 14:13,14).
The proper response when we experience the impossible, is to stop being afraid and take it to the Lord and ask Him to handle it. After all, if it is truly an impossible situation, there is nothing we can humanly do about it anyway. Moses said don't be afraid and to stand still. The prophet Isaiah may be helpful here. He says
"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary" (Isaiah 40:31).
It is during these Red Sea experiences that we need to heed, more than ever, Proverbs 3:5,6 which tells us to:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
IV. The Outcome of a Red Sea Experience
If you know the Scriptural account in the Book of Exodus, then you know that the people followed Moses' advice. They stood still and witnessed the salvation of the Lord. The Lord, through Moses, parted the Red Sea and all of the Israelites went through on dry ground. When the Egyptian army pursued them, the Lord closed up the Sea and the army all drowned. God took care of His people, leading them to praise His name in song (Exodus 14,15).
Now the Lord never promises that things will always turn out like this. Sometimes He chooses to allow us to experience tragedy. Sometimes loved ones die. At times jobs are lost, no matter how hard we pray. What God does promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He also promises that everything that happens to us, happens for a reason. In Romans 8:28, 29 he says:
"And we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren."
The wonderful thing is that God doesn't look down on your situation and say: "I didn't know that was going to happen!" He is in control of your life and nothing can happen to you without His consent. You need to realize that if He allows it, it is to make you more and more like Jesus Christ and to prepare you for eternity. He turns an impossible situation into one that demonstrates His power and His glory.
If you don't know Jesus Christ as your Savior today, then maybe your Red Sea experience is here to lead you to the one who died for you and rose again. If you haven't yet accepted His salvation, today is the day.
For those who are Christians, you need to remember the next time you face an impossible situation that you must not fear. You have to take it to the Lord, and leave it there. Then you have to stand still and wait for Him to take action.
Further, one must remember that the things that are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27). God hasn't met a problem yet that He can't handle. And yours is no exception.
The God who parted the Red Sea is the God who has you in the palm of His hand today. May we all trust our impossible situations to the one who specializes in the impossible. And then we will see for ourselves, the salvation of the Lord!
© 2012 Jeff Shirley