Summary: HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU HAD NO WHERE ELSE TO TURN AND YOU WERE UNCERTAIN HOW TO GET THROUGH WHAT SEEMED AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE?
Impossible--- A word most of us greatly dislike to hear concerning our lives. A word that to the average person carries with it a sign of resignation. When we are faced with impossibility; words begin forming in our minds such as give up, fear, loss, abandon, hopeless, no direction but down. sounds so familiar doesn’t it? Webster’s defines the word impossible--incapable of being or occurring; felt to be incapable of being done, attained or being fulfilled; hopeless. From the word impose comes the word impossible. The word impose means to establish or apply as compulsory. The world today trys to IMPOSE upon us some of these words as compulsory.
To accept your lot in life and just make the best of it is what the world teaches. So the word impossible brings frightening thoughts and fear of defeat into our lives. But let us look into the Word of God and pull out certain principles God has laid down that we can follow in facing impossibility. First let us read Gods’ Word concerning the impossible. St. Luke 1:37 tells us, For with God nothing shall be impossible.St. Luke 18:27 The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. From these two scriptures then, we find that with men or the carnal, the flesh, the worldly, impossibility is a reality. But with God there is no such word in his vocabulary.
So the conclusion would be then is that the direction concerning the seemingly impossible to deal with circumstances in your life must be coming from man and not God. AMEN!!! I want to stir your being with the Word of God and try to alter our reasoning concerning the difficult occurrences in each of our lives. St. Matthew 17 tells us of an impossibility arising in some mens lives. The disciples had tried to cast a devil spirit out of a young man but found no success. They worked, they played, they lived, they died, they had happy mountain-top experiences. They found themselves often in predicaments seemingly impossible to live through.
They traveled across the country; across deserts; some were born into royalty, while others were not so lucky it seemed. They lived as fishermen or sheepherders or maybe as tentmakers. People-just ordinary people facing impossibility. In the book of Daniel we read of a young man that truly loved the Lord. But then we read that his life suddenly takes a turn (as so often does) to the unexpected. He and his friends are taken captive and sent to a place called Babylon. You know, life doesn’t always go like we want it to. What tomorrow’s daybreak brings with it only time will tell. But follow Daniel as he and his friends find themselves in a situation of servitude to a heathen king named Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel and his friends were put into training for three years (verse 5) to learn the tongue of the Chaldeans and learn their wisdom so that they could then stand before the king.
The first thing to come up was that the king wanted these selected young men to eat of the kings table. But verse 8 of Chapter 1 states that Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel had been brought up worshipping God and knew as a Jew he should not eat of that meat which been sacrificed to the kings’ idols. He believed in God and knew that his God could and would sustain him if he would only believe and hold fast to his faith. To believe is an action word for your vocabulary. If we believe in God we should act like it. Stand on it if you will and show it by our actions. Jesus asks Peter on one occasion 3 times if he loved him. Peter answered him to the positive each time. Jesus still asks us that same question today. But he wants more than just oral assent; he wants our actions to speak also. In other words, what Jesus wants is, tell me that you love me; But show me first. Daniel knew he was facing impossibility in Babylon. But Daniel also knew the word impossibility did not exist for God. He did what he’d been taught in Sunday School as a young person back in Jerusalem.
He did what he had learned from all that prayer time with God. He believed God to nourish him so he stepped out in faith believing God to be all-powerful in every situation; even at the dinner table. Now we know the story and how it went. God did deliver. Daniel could have received that 10 day meal plan and went on and maybe everything else would have fallen into place as time went. I don’t know about you , but my life doesn’t seem to pattern out that way. A constant high, breezing through, cloud nine all the way; I don’t think so. So knowing this, Daniel started giving God the glory for delivering him. He knew God would deliver; but he also knew that tomorrow’s daybreak was a new day to be reckoned with. So in believing, Daniel showed obedience to God and stood to give God the glory.