Called to do the Impossible
There are many books on the market today about self-improvement and personal success. They tell us that if we can learn how to exchange bad habits and attitudes for good ones, the end result will be wealth, health, fulfilment, and happiness. Many of the principles they teach are actually universal spiritual truths taken from the Word of God and then adapted to fit a wide variety of applications. They are like cheerleaders standing on the sidelines and chanting, 'You can do it! You can do it!'
The content in this Bible Study is not intended to challenge you to 'grow,' 'develop,' 'achieve,' or 'change,' but rather to yield your life to God. If the 'You Can Do It' philosophy were true, we wouldn't need the Holy Spirit, would we? The 'You Can Do It' mind-set needs to be replaced with another, which essentially says, 'I can't do it on my own, but I can do all things through Christ. With His help and blessing anything is possible.' Finding the will of God always requires faith for the impossible and a childlike dependence upon Him. The Bible is filled with the accounts of men and women who found their destiny in the perfect will of God by doing things that were impossible for them to do on their own.
Noah and his impossible project
Noah was commissioned to build a ship the size of an aircraft carrier by hand! The ark was an enormous boat, big enough to carry every kind of animal in advance of a global flood. Imagine the sheer impossibility of even building such a boat by hand, much less gathering all the animals. Yet Noah did it with God's help and grace. Engineers have studied the biblical dimensions of the ark and found that its design was perfectly proportioned for maximum sea-worthiness! Thousands of years ago the ark utilised principles of engineering and shipbuilding that have been discovered only recently. Noah would never have been able to calculate those things for himself, but God knew all along how to build the perfect boat. Noah just had to listen and obey. The people of Noah's day must have thought he had lost his mind as decade after decade he laboured over this massive boat. But when the floodwaters began to rise, Noah was glad he had followed God's detailed instructions.
Abraham and his impossible promise
When Abraham was at an advanced age, God told him he was going to have as many descendants as the stars of the sky and the sands of the sea. How could such a thing be? He and his wife, Sarah, were much too old for that to happen. Yet Abraham believed in his heart that God was faithful and able to fulfil His promises. He did become the 'father of many nations' just as the Lord had said, even though, from a purely natural biological standpoint, it was impossible.
Moses and his impossible passage
Moses was eighty years old when he stood before a bush ablaze with God's glory. God instructed him to bring approximately two million people out of Egypt and take them to a land He had promised to Abraham more than seven hundred years earlier. Moses had plenty of reasons to believe he was unfit for the job. He was too old. He was extremely shy. No one would listen to him. Pharaoh would probably kill him. Even if he were able to organise the people and even if Pharaoh allowed them to leave, how would he be able to lead and care for two million people in a hot desert without food and water? Yet despite these enormous obstacles Moses simply submitted to his destiny, obeyed to the best of his ability, and God did the rest! The story of God's faithfulness, provision, and protection in the Book of Exodus is one of the most remarkable accounts in the Bible.
Mary and her impossible pregnancy
A young girl named Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she had found great favour with God and had been chosen to give birth to the Messiah of Israel. But because she was still a virgin, she initially questioned how such a thing could happen. Still Mary submitted to the will of God, even though she did not fully understand it. As a result she fulfilled her destiny by giving birth to and raising God's Son.
The list of people in the Bible whom God called to do amazing things could go on and on. Throughout history God has always chosen very ordinary people to do very extraordinary things. Some were men while others were women. Some were young and others old. Some were well educated, and others were almost illiterate. But they all had something in common: they had all been called by God to be part of something much bigger than themselves. Because of their willingness to simply yield themselves to the One who had created them and allow His purposes to be revealed in and through them, God used them in phenomenal ways. Healing evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman once said, 'It isn't silver vessels that He's asking for. It isn't golden vessels that He needs. He just needs yielded vessels.'
It seems that one of the common characteristics of God's will is that it often calls us to do things that are impossible for us to do in our own strength. But as we yield our lives to Him, He causes His divine plans and dreams to become a reality! God takes great pleasure in doing things through us that only He can do, so that in the end He receives all the glory, honour, and praise.
God has a plan for everyone.
Do you know yours?
This Bible Study has been taken from Chapter 3 of Daniel Kolenda's book, LIVE BEFORE YOU DIE, which is not only a 'wake up call' for you but also offers practical and scriptural insights on how you can discover and fulfil God's will for your life.