How do you face off the impossibilities that loom before you? Scripture is full of accounts where God had to intervene or His people would perish. Our part is to stand in faith ~ believing in God. Mark 11:22 says, “…Have faith in God.” We cannot have faith in His past ways of delivering. He will not fit into any box.
Psalm 78:41 is a warning verse for us. It says, “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” One of the ways we ‘tempt’ God is to expect Him to act a certain way. I think back to the children of Israel when they faced the impossibility of the Jordan River. Scripture says that it overflowed its banks. It was impossible to cross.
How did the Lord speak to that issue? Joshua 3:4 says of the ark which would lead them, “…Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” Every impossibility that we face is uncharted territory. We have never been there before. Only the Lord knows the way so we have to keep Him in our sight at all times.
King Jehoshaphat faced an impossibility. 2 Chronicles 20:1-22 is a great record of God’s marvelous deliverance that was never again repeated in Scripture. In verse 12 Jehoshaphat said, “…we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills–from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
What happened when the children of Israel faced the impossible Red Sea? They were afraid. Why? There was no way to get across, and Pharaoh and his entire army were bearing down on them. Exodus 14:10 says that they, “…lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them…” Verse 13 was Moses’ instruction. He said, “…Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.”
When we face our impossibilities, we must remember that it is not our responsibility to solve them. Our responsibility is to stand still. Verse 14 is our truth as well. It says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” The literal meaning for ‘hold’ is to be quiet. It means that we are not to try and figure out how the Lord is going to do something, nor are we to pursue doing something on our own. Going ahead of God is foolish as well as futile.
We limit the Lord when we try to figure anything out. We also limit Him when we look back to a previous deliverance and expect Him to act in the same way. The Lord always looks for faith because that is what pleases Him, according to Hebrews 11:6. Our Creator has no lack. He can create whatever we need. He will Masterfully orchestrate every minute detail.
Isaiah 43:18 says, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.” Consider means to ponder and think about. We are not to roll them around in our mind. We need to clear the slate and watch to see what the Lord will do. Verse 19 in the Amplified says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” The Lord will make a way where there seems to be no way. That is why we need to face off our impossibility with faith in Him and Him alone.