In our lives here on earth most of us (if we’re honest) would say that we are faced or have been faced with one or both of the following situations:
The possible (An area or circumstance in our lives that has the potential to change.)
The Impossible (An area or circumstance that we’re incapable of changing through our own ability, something that is totally out of our control.)
Truthfully, no matter where we might find ourselves God is there. He tells us in his word repeatedly “Don’t be afraid” or “I am with you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Let me be the first to tell you I see more and more of myself in the Israelites. They were God’s chosen people and so are we. They truly desired and honored to follow God even though they had quite a few bumps along the way. The same is true for you and I. God sovereignly reminded me of the struggle between the possible and impossible this week as I was reading in Zechariah 8. It’s entitled “Promised Blessings for Jerusalem” in my Bible.
Throughout earlier chapters of Zechariah, he put great emphasis on the message of guilt and repentance for God’s people. (Just to catch you up to speed: The Israelites had a really bad habit of going through cycles of sin and guilt which always led them back to God’s gracious repentance. Their story sounds a lot like ours, doesn’t it?)
By the time we reach the eighth chapter we discover that the Israelites have once again caught a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. In spite of the mistakes they’ve made God offers them hope in the forms of blessings. Let’s take a look at the first eight verses of the passage together.
Then another message came to me from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Mount Zion is passionate and strong; I am consumed with passion for Jerusalem! “And now the Lord says: I am returning to Mount Zion, and I will live in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City; the mountain of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will be called the Holy Mountain. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Once again old men and women will walk Jerusalem’s streets with their canes and will sit together in the city squares. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: All this may seem impossible to you now, a small remnant of God’s people. But is it impossible for me? says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: You can be sure that I will rescue my people from the east and from the west. I will bring them home again to live safely in Jerusalem. They will be my people, and I will be faithful and just toward them as their God.
I love this passage of scripture so much because it beautifully distinguishes the possible and impossible. Verse six is indicative of the truth that nothing is impossible for Him! (Luke 1:37) If you look at the way impossible is spelled, it’s as though God is saying to us, “I’m possible!” In other words, we’re able to face the seasons of doubt, fear, insecurity ONLY through Him. (Just to clarify I heard the thing about the way impossible is spelled from Lysa Terkeurst, one of my many heroes of Jesus. I didn’t come up with it myself!)
The biggest thing I took away from this chapter in Zechariah with the Israelites was that we may not be able to change that certain situation or circumstance we’re in but God can in the same way He lovingly drew the people back to himself.
I’m living proof of this truth myself. Yes, life gets immensely difficult at times but there is nothing we can’t accomplish through His strength!
My question for you today is will you believe God in the moment of the impossible?
I know I will.
I pray you will, too.
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