Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I want you to think of the most impossible thing in your life today. Maybe it is something at work that seems impossible to solve. Maybe it is a relationship that seems broken beyond repair. Maybe it is an addiction that is greater than your ability to handle it. Maybe it is an illness, or cancer, or some physical brokenness. Whatever it is, this impossible thing, picture it and hear the words from this verse again. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I know that I often keep trying long after I should give up. I don’t like giving in to the first half of this statement. I want to prove everyone wrong. I want to make it work when no else can. It is hard for me to accept that some things are impossible. But we only get to the second half of the statement if we admit the first half is true. If I can do it on my own then the second half is not needed. How often do I waste time and energy being frustrated over something that is impossible when all the while I could have been resting in the second half of this statement.

“With God all things are possible.” Not by my strength but with God. Not on my own but with God. Not against but with God. Not some things but all things. Not only big things but little things. Not just for others but for you too. Not only in the Bible but every day. Not guaranteed but possible. Not hopeless but hopeful. Not my will but thy will. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.