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Day 19 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Luke 18:27 NLT

He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

Have you ever failed to make yourself understood? I was recently chatting with a close friend over a possible bank error, and I failed to grasp the point they were making. As I looked over their bank statements, the mathematics all made sense to me. However, they were convinced money was going missing from their account. Even though we talked calmly, eventually emotion broke in as they thought I wouldn’t see their point of view, and I felt as if I was going crazy, for try as I might, I couldn’t.

One problem with responding to any of God’s invitations, from the very first offer of salvation, is that what is on offer appears impossible to believe and accept. Of course, from a human perspective, it really is impossible, for faith takes us beyond the natural world of sight, sound, touch and taste into the realm of the supernatural. This world can only be seen with the eye of faith, and even then appears quite insubstantial, apparently disappearing at moments of greatest need.

To take God at his word is to release my hold on the more substantial realities of this present world. As Katey slowly made her way through the various stages of her progressive MS, we both had to exchange tangible realities for the insubstantial forms discerned by faith. When our pleas for physical hearing went apparently unanswered, we faced the question of the degree to which we might embrace the truth of death. St Paul might have declared, “O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55), but we felt its wounding keenly. We were all too ready to be defined by the boundaries created by our own possibilities. When we ran up against them, we had nowhere to go except for God. Here we were invited to consider that these boundaries were, in fact, the border separating us from God’s boundless possibilities.

A new landscape opened before us in which we spoke of closure and death; reflected upon all the wonders we’d experienced in marriage together and contemplated our mortality and true purpose of existing in our fullest expression of life in Christ Jesus for eternity.

QUESTION: Where do your impossibilities begin? Where are your limits?

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord Jesus, that what I cannot do, you did fully for me in your life, death and resurrection.

Written by: Matt Weet

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