Matthew 19:26“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
This is a scripture we see all over the place. On the walls of people home, used to encourage our children, during job interviews etc… “With God all things are possible!”
This scripture, Matthew 19:26, speaks of God’s omnipotence, His absolute power to what He pleases. It’s a theme that is echoed all throughout Scripture. Through God all things are possible:
- When Sarah and Abraham doubted God’s promise to give them a son, God said, in Genesis 18:14. “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
- When God displayed his absolute sovereignty to Job in his distress, Job replied, “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You”.Job 42:2.
- Jesus himself, when he prayed to his Father in the garden before he was crucified, cried out, “And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”. Mark 14:36.
This part of scripture, “with God all things are possible,” means the absolute sovereignty and uncontested power of God.
“With God all things are possible”. It could be explained like this. Since God is with me, all things are possible for me.” This situation you are in will pass. That which God has promised you will come to pass because with Him nothing is impossible.
In other words, since God is on my side, I can accomplish anything I want to do. Many Christians claims God’s power as something that gives us the ability to chase any dream or accomplish any task we want.
Although it is true that God is always with his children and gives us strength, He does not guarantee that we will succeed in decisions we make without seeking for His will. Sometimes, it is God’s will for us to miss out on that job opportunity. Does that mean that God really isn’t all powerful? Does that mean that God somehow failed you? Not at all.
When we hijack this part of scripture and use it in a wrong context, we set ourselves up for frustration, doubt, and sorrow. God is all powerful and will turn everything the enemy meant for evil for His glory and for our favour. He does not give us the right to claim that power for whatever we want. When Jesus prayed to his Father in the garden before he was taken to the cross, “all things are possible for you,” he concluded by saying, “nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” The reality of the Father’s absolute power compelled Jesus to submit to the Father’s will. If Jesus himself responded to his Father’s power this way, then we should respond in the same way?
God does what He pleases. He acts according to His will, not mine or yours.
Because all things are possible with God, we must submit to him and yield ourselves to his sovereign plan, trusting him to do what is best for us.
We don’t know what is best for us, but God does. Even in these challenging times, we might understand it, but believe that God is with us. His ways are not our ways; neither His plans are our plans. We must trust Him to accomplish Hiswill for our lives and can be confident that God will do exactly that because “with God all things are possible. The God who watches over you neither sleep nor slumber. Psalm 121:5-6 says “The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day; Nor the moon by night.
Trust in the Lord, give Him your heart today, because with Him all things are possible. He is the only one that can preserve your soul. All the challenges you are facing will pass only if you can hold on and trust God. Tell Him – God not my will but yours be done!
Written By: Lydia
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