I was praying about a couple of very important situations a few nights ago. As I did, I went to my Bible and asked God to let it open to exactly what He wanted me to pray over these situations. As soon as I opened my Bible, it fell to a commentary page entitled “All things are posssible” and verse 26 of Matt 19, “But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.” One translation says “Nothing is impossible with God.”
I love this verse. I love the reminder that in a world filled with hopelessness and impossibility, God gives us eternal hope and infinite possibility.
As many times as I have read this verse, it spoke differently to me this time than in times past. I love that nothing we could ever imagine, dream, ask or think will ever be impossible for God. That’s just such a beautiful reminder of exactly Who our loving Father is. But I also realized that this verse tells us the one thing that is impossible for God – and that is nothing.
Let me see if I can clarify this correctly.
Yes, nothing is impossible for God, meaning there is nothing that He can’t do. At the same time, nothing is impossible for God, meaning it is impossible for God to do nothing.
Nothing is impossible for God except nothing. There is nothing that God can’t do, except do nothing.
We may not always be able to see what God is doing, but we can rest assured that He is always doing something.
God may not be moving the way we want, He may not be answering the way we asked, but, knowing His character, we know that He is faithful, He is loving, He is working for our good.
We may be begging for a miraculous sign of God’s favor and direction and, because God isn’t answering according to our demands, we assume He just isn’t doing anything. But we have to remember that God is constantly loving us, constantly guiding us, constantly protecting us. He may not be doing what we ask, but we can trust that He is doing something, because nothing is impossible for God.
It’s easy to get caught up in what we can’t see. We can’t see what God is doing, so we assume He isn’t doing anything. But this is when we turn to Scripture, we trust the Word and character of God. We base our faith in God on what we know of His character rather than what we feel in the moment.
We remember that the Spirit of God is likened to a river, constantly flowing and moving. And the Word of God is Alive and Active (Heb. 4:12).
Even if you can’t see what God is doing, remember that God is always doing something. If it’s just being with you, if it’s just guiding you, if it’s just holding you, if it’s just loving you… what more could we ever ask than to be guided, held, loved by our Heavenly Father?
In the midst of hopelessness and disappointment, we have this promise:
Nothing is impossible for God; and it is impossible for God to do nothing.