With God – All Things Are Possible (S.O.K. Day 12)
The sermon yesterday was about what happens “after the storm.” The passage was about Noah entering the ark with his family and all the animals, and then, when the storm was over, God told Noah that it was okay to come out. What struck me the most wasn’t any aspect of the story I had heard countless times before. I wasn’t curious about the animals, the people, or any problematic concepts that one thinks about concerning the story. Instead, it was the fact that Noah and his loved ones rode out the storm – a storm that had drowned so many others. It made me acutely aware of the blessing of his survival and, by extension, my own.
All Things Are Possible
I know that God has intervened on my behalf – countless times. I have seen the evidence of His making the impossible – possible. There is no way that I can look out at the world or the circumstances of my life and not see God’s hand at work. There have been too many unexplainable occurrences- too many heavenly interventions to believe that they were all luck, chance, or anything other than God’s purposeful intercession.
This brings me to today’s passage. The disciples were looking for an angle. They wanted to know what they could do to save themselves. Jesus’s teachings were flying in the face of everything they thought they knew about salvation. Highly esteemed people would find it difficult to enter heaven. Jesus exalted lowly children. He was turning everything on its head, and the disciples were astounded and confused. What can we do to be saved? They wanted to know.
They had missed the point.
They could do nothing. For a man to save himself was impossible. BUT- with God – even the sinner, the unforgivable, the unworthy could be saved. With God- all things are possible.
More Than A Storm
The ark, the divided sea, a burning bush, a former slave overseeing famine aid distribution, a boy beating a giant warrior with a stone, never-ending jars of flour and oil, a walk on water, a cure in word or a touch, raising people from the dead. The “storms” in the Bible are plentiful – even more plentiful are God’s provisions. But, God is more than the storm. With God – nothing is impossible.
Mark 10:26-2726 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”