Where do your possibilities lie?


Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
(Matthew 19:26 (NIV))

Most people recognize this passage and claim it when they feel that they are up against a wall and cannot possibly win. These are very encouraging words, but we often take them out of context and try to apply them to our desires and not God’s will. Jesus was not implying that God is a genii who will grant our every wish. They have taken this passage and completely ignored the discussion leading up to these words.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
(Matthew 19:23-25 (NIV))

It is a matter of priorities. It is a matter of where your treasure lies.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:21 (NIV))

In other words, Jesus was implying that salvation is always possible with God. It may take time, but it is possible.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
(2 Peter 3:9 (NIV))

Too many people place their hope in the treasures of this world, but these things fade and rust. Too many people place their hope in things that are impossible instead of placing them firmly in the hands of God the Father. If He can create everything that was created in seven days, then His plan for salvation is more than possible.

Have you lost all hope?

If this is the case, then you are looking to man for your hope, for God is the only possible source of hope. He gave us Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We could never save ourselves. That was and is an impossibility. He gave us Jesus as our salvation hope!

Where do your possibilities lie?

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