We have a God who specializes in things hardly possible. The Lord asks us to do the impossible and then He gives us the power to do it. It happened again and again during Jesus’ lifetime.
Do you remember the man with the withered hand? Jesus came into the synagogue and said to him, “Stretch out your hand” (Matt. 12:13). He asked him to do the one thing that he couldn’t do. But when the man stretched out his hand in obedience, he found the power was there.
Do you remember the paralyzed man at the pool, an invalid for 38 years? Jesus saw him and told him to do the one thing that was impossible. “Get up, take your mat and walk” (Mark 2:9). And he did.
Lazarus, the beloved friend of our Lord, had been dead four days when Jesus arrived at the tomb. Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43). To command a dead person to come to life was surely asking the impossible! But Lazarus came out of the tomb.
Then there was the occasion on the hillside when Jesus told a group of ordinary people to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). A small group of apostles to go to the uttermost parts of the world to make disciples of all nations? Surely this was mission impossible!
It is a principle, a Scriptural truth, that the Lord asks the seeming impossible thing and then gives us the power to do it. But there is a second principle. We have to initiate some action for that power to become available from on high.
If that man with the withered hand had held back from Jesus’ command, there would have been no miracle. And the invalid man might have thought,
“I’ve tried for 38 years to walk.” But as he stepped out in faith, the power was there. And power was available for Lazarus also.
The great Augustine said, “Without God, we cannot. And without us, God will not.” You have a God who asks you to do the impossible, but who gives you the power to do it. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will find that the power will always be there.
John Larsson, The War Cry