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Impossible Situations

The God I read of in my Bible, loves impossible situations. Those times when we are up against the wall. He loves to use unlikely deliverers and the most unusual means – if we will trust him. Yes, he often turns up at last minute but turn up he does if we will just hang on!

Jesus of course, is the perfect representation of the Father in this regard. Look in John 11, how he waits until his friend Lazarus is dead, before he makes the journey to Bethany and raises him to life. Now that’s what I call last minute!

Watch him in Luke 7 as he has compassion on a weeping widow, her only son dead on the funeral bier. He touches that bier, commands the dead man to arise (that’s crazy!) and in a fraction of a second an impossible situation is miraculously reversed!

We would ask, why did God allow these situations in the first place? I mean the widow had probably paid for the funeral! Do you think that thought went through her mind? No way, all she could think of was that her son who was dead was alive!

Picture yourself as one of the disciples at the all day Jesus conference in the desert. There are 5000 hungry and probably irritable people to feed and all you have is five loaves and two fish. One minute we have an impossible lack next minute those fish and loaves are dividing in front of your eyes defying logic and reason. However, full and satisfied bellies and twelve baskets left over, is proof enough that an impossible situation has been miraculously reversed!

Then later on in Acts 16, we have Paul and Silas  imprisoned in a filthy jail for the sake of the  Gospel. It would be easy to imagine the questions they might be asking God: “So God where are you, I thought you led us to this place?”  Remember of course,  they didn’t have the benefit of hindsight like we do! They couldn’t know that their midnight praise would result in an earthquake that would not only set them free but save the whole jailor’s family. For all they knew, they were going spend the rest of their lives rotting in this stinking jail.

So what impossible situation are you facing? Is it your health, a failing business, mounting debts, relationship problems, addictions or even death? God loves to save us through Jesus – that’s what he does best.

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