Redefining Impossible

by Dec 13, 2019Christmas, Christmas 2019, Devotional

Have you ever set a goal that seemed impossible in the moment? Running a marathon, baking a perfect loaf of bread, or starting a new career can all seem impossible. Until you do it. Reaching a goal we once thought impossible gives us a new definition of what is possible.

In the Gospel of Luke, we read about Mary facing the impossible. An angel named Gabriel announces she will be the mother of a son. Mary knew the only way she could become pregnant was with her husband, yet she was unmarried. Gabriel left out an important figure in his baby reveal: dad.

She replies, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” In other words, “How is this possible?”

He responds with an incredible answer: she will conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. Gabriel tells her, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” What Mary thought was impossible was now happening. Her definition of what is possible was changed. She concludes the conversation with words of worship, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

Christmas redefines impossible as possible. Christmas reduces impossible to nothing. As the Jesus story continues throughout the Bible, and as it continues even today, we see God continually redefining our definition of impossible. When this happens, Mary gives us the model response: worship.

Spend time thinking about all the “impossible” God has done throughout the Bible and in your own life. Take a few minutes to talk with God about all the impossible things He’s done. Maybe it could start with something like, “Heavenly Father, I believe you are able to do more than all I can imagine is possible. Is there an impossible you’re calling me into? Behold, I am your servant. Let it be to me according to your word.”

Read Luke 1:26-38; Luke 18:27; Jeremiah 32:17

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