“But he said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God’” (Luke 18:27 ESV).
There’s a lot of talk these days about “positive thinking.” And there is merit to the practice. Unfortunately, there also exists the danger of going overboard and developing the mindset that we, in and of ourselves can do anything. This is a subtle distinction, but it’s an important one. I believe that we can benefit even more by thinking “possibly.”
Looking at our text in it’s context we see that those who trust in riches have a difficult time entering the kingdom of God. By extension we can understand that those who trust in anything more than God will have a difficult time entering the kingdom of God.
In fact, the message of the Gospel revolves around the fact that there is nothing we can do to merit or earn our salvation. Yet we persist with our efforts to achieve something or demonstrate some level of holiness in our own eyes, or in the eyes of those around us. Don’t misunderstand, we are to strive for “holiness without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14 ESV). We are to learn to bring our bodies into subjection to the Word and to the Spirit. But even then we are powerless, in our own strength, to do so.
When Jesus told the disciples that it is difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom, they questioned Him, “How then can anyone be saved.” This is where we arrive at our text. “But he said, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God’” (Luke 18:27 ESV). He wanted them, and us, to understand that we can be saved, but not by any effort of our own. He wanted us to think “possibly.” He wanted us to see that God is so much bigger than anything we might encounter.
So, the next time you find yourself in a crisis, consider that if God can take you and redeem you from a life of sin, He can handle anything. Don’t look at your challenges as something impossible. Rather look at them from the perspective of possibility. He’s got this!
Blessings on your week!