DayBreaks for 12/13/19: Two Impossibilities
When we stop to consider the workings of God throughout history, we are challenged over and over to try to grasp the actions of a God who not only isn’t fazed by “impossible” things, but who specializes in making the impossible possible. How can one simply speak and things come into existence? It is a mystery to me. How can One take the dust of the earth and form a being that is as complex as a human – and then give that dust and clay life? The questions could go on and on: how can barren wombs and the womb of a virgin give birth? How can a blind man receive sight by just a word? How can one escape a den full of ravenous lions without a scratch, or the flames of a furnace without even a hint of smoke? How can a fisherman walk on water? How can a few fish and loaves feed over 5000 with more left over than when the entire undertaking started? How? Because God’s hand was in each and every one of those things.
Some folks work desperately hard to keep God out of their lives and out of their world. They cry “separation of church and state” in an effort to eliminate any conversation about God. They must deliberately choose to believe that which is truly unbelievable: that all that exists in its nearly infinite complexity and beauty “just happened.” (Where’s the logic in that?)
I liked this when I read it: “Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked “No Entrance” and left through a door marked “No Exit.“
It was at Christmas that the wooden manger held the baby that came from the virgin’s womb – and there could be “no entrance” that way as we all know. All of us, that is, except God, Who wasn’t fazed by the complexities of that at all. And it was a wooden cross that put Him in a tomb in death – a door marked “No Exit”. Again, to God it was no more than a mere technicality – and the “No Exit” sign over the tombs of all was removed once and for all.
Don’t ever think that it is impossible for God to enter the hearts of even those who are most closed to Him. He came into the world in an “impossible” way and He can come into hearts in miraculous ways, too. And He has certainly shown that the “No Exit” that hangs over the tomb is nothing more than a wet paper tiger that He tore to shreds at his resurrection.
Pray for Him to make entrance to hearts that are sealed off against Him and draw comfort that He opened the way through his life, death and resurrection, to eternal glory.
PRAYER: We thank You that there is nothing too hard for You – whether it is to come into the world in an impossible way, or to give life to the dead! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>