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Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)
TITLE: Anything Is Possible
By Jaye Seay
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When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Has your faith ever been tested? Have you ever faced a situation that, although you believe in the power of God, you just didn’t see how the situation would be resolved? I've been there. I have experienced the blessings of God but yet have struggled with unbelief. Some of our problems seem to be too great. They very well may be if we are trusting in human effort. However, when we place our trust in God, we are placing our trust with the One who has no boundaries. Scripture tells us that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
In Matthew 19:25, we find the disciples, the men who walked with God daily, who were privileged to bask in his presence, struggling with unbelief. When Jesus told them that it is easier for a camel to enter the kingdom of God than it is for a rich man, the disciples were bewildered. During that time, many people believed that riches and wealth were proof of God's blessings. Therefore, they thought if a rich man, someone who was obviously blessed by the Lord could not enter the kingdom, who could? When the disciples asked "Who then can be saved (Matthew 19:25)?", I can imagine Jesus thinking "Hmph, they just don't get it."
What the disciples did not understand was that it is not riches, in and of itself, that makes it hard for someone to enter the kingdom of God. It is trusting in riches that makes it hard. Wealth is not our portion, God is our portion (Psalm 73:26). We are to be dependent upon God for everything. God desires for His people to totally rely on Him for their well being. When we place our trust in God, we are planting ourselves in solid ground.
This world that we live in has its limitations but God's reign is limitless. Whatever we are in need of, God can supply. God can perform miracles when our confidence is in Him. When I find myself in situations where my faith is tested, I don't want God to look at me and think "Hmph!" When God looks at me and sees my faith in action, I want Him to think "Well done good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:23)."
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