Day 226 – Mission Impossible?
On: June 14, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:23-27
It’s not rocket science: the more we possess, the more we have to lose. The more we have to lose, the more difficult it is. The more difficult it is, the less likely we are to part company with those possessions.
Those listening to Jesus immediately saw that it is not possible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Or is it? Come with me for a moment, if you will.
At the western end of the Isle of Wight, in Southern England, is a series of huge stacks running out of the cliffs into the sea – known as The Needles. Other than getting very wet, a camel could indeed go through these needles.
Am I trying to be clever? Maybe. But what I am thinking is that God can often make things possible, not by waving a magic wand, but by opening our eyes to see that there is indeed a way. Just as His Word can reveal to us things otherwise unseen. So, He can show us solutions to otherwise impossible situations.
Have a read of a story showing Solomon’s wisdom, starting at 1 Kings 3:16 (another great 3:16), as he resolved an apparently unsolvable dispute between two women over a child they both claimed they were mother to. Where did his wisdom come from?
Verses 5-15 of the same chapter reveal that Solomon asked God for wisdom, rather than long life and happiness.
If we ask God to enable us to see His solutions to life’s apparent impossibilities, He will answer us: whether empowering us to solve mysteries, or enabling us to envisage a different future for ourselves, where we walk in obedience to His calling.
Father God, like Solomon, I opt for your gift of discernment and wisdom, rather than an accumulation of worldly goods and trophies. Enable me to see that this will be the better and more fulfilling way for my life. Amen.