Imagine you are a young girl—fifteen, sixteen years old—and you’ve just been informed you’re pregnant. “Wait a minute!” You think. “I know about the birds and bees, and I know I’m a virgin. I can’t be pregnant! It’s impossible! There must be some mistake.” That’s how Mary must have felt when Gabriel informed her she would conceive and bear a son. “How can this be? I’m a virgin!” She declared. But Gabriel had an explanation. In Luke 1:37 he makes a statement that I believe is one of the most comforting and reassuring promises in all Scripture, “With God nothing will be impossible.”
Did you read that correctly? Do you believe it? Mary did. Her immediate response was, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (verse 38).
What an example Mary is for us! How often we get discouraged and distressed over life’s trials rather than just saying, “Behold the servant of the Lord! Use me!”
How often we find ourselves standing at the base of one of life’s mountains and, defeated, moan, “I can’t climb this. It’s impossible!”
With God nothing is impossible. You can endure that trial and you can climb that mountain. We must keep in mind that God is supreme, He is omnipotent. What may be or seem impossible for us is always possible for Him. We cannot allow ourselves to get snared into defeated thinking. With God on our side, all things are possible.
Mary wasn’t the only one who learned this life lesson, though. When the angelic visitors told Abraham his elderly wife would have a son, Sarah, who was eavesdropping, laughed. I can just imagine what she thought. “Yeah, right! I’m an old woman, my childbearing years are long over. It’s impossible!” The Lord later cornered Abraham and asked why Sarah was laughing. He then offered this pointed question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14). The answer, obviously, is a resounding “No!”
Nothing was too hard for Him then and nothing is too hard for Him now. God is omnipotent, all-powerful, with Him nothing is impossible and nothing, absolutely nothing, is too difficult. We can trust God to handle anything we come up against. All we have to do is give our problems to Him.