“I could never…” are words God often meets with these— “All things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27).
Awhile back, an atheist started attending Richwoods. He came to talk with me one day and said, “I like this church, and I’m willing to keep coming…but I’m not getting baptized. Don’t ever ask me because I’m never doing that.” I nodded my head and said, “OK,” but I thought to myself, We’ll see. His wife was a believer who was praying for him, and it was evident God was changing his heart—doing inside of him what he thought was impossible at that time. And, eventually, the impossible happened.
As I said in last week’s post, the disciples couldn’t fathom how 5,000 people could be fed with five loaves and two fish. But it happened because God was in it, and all things are possible with God. That is why “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6) because without faith, we place God in a box. We limit Him. We deny His ability to do the impossible. We don’t take Him at His word.
But having faith is a struggle because it requires us to wrestle with our natural inclinations, our insecurities, and our fears. We value certainties over hopes. Security over blind trust. The seen over the unseen. And faith is believing what we don’t see.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith means going against our natural inclination to seek guarantees, security, and certainty. It’s trusting that our security is found in God, not our circumstances, and that God is trustworthy and faithful and will complete the good work He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6). It’s knowing that God always loves us, that He is always for us, that He always has our good in mind—even when our outward circumstances would seem to indicate otherwise.
Noah knew this kind of faith, and he stepped out in it. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” God told him a flood was coming, so he built an ark…on dry land. He put his time, energy, and sweat into a task that certainly looked crazy to the people around him at the time. But he did it because he believed that “all things are possible with God.” He was confident that God was able, that God was going to do something even though he hadn’t seen anything like it before.
When God calls us to step out in faith, He tells us to move first and then we’ll see. The problem is we want to see before we move. But that’s not faith. The desire to see first does not please God. Taking God at His word—believing He is able before we see Him act—is faith. And when we step out in that confidence of what we hope for and that assurance of what we do not yet see, God is glorified. And, often, we see the impossible happen.