Verse of the Day Devotion: Luke 1:37
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37
These words were spoken to Mary in answer to a question she posed to him. The angel told her she would give birth to a son who would be the Son of God, the Most High, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. Mary then asks the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Luke 1:34b. He then explains to her that God will cause her to conceive the child, therefore He will be called the holy – The Son of God. Then the angel tells her that Elizabeth, her relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, already in her sixth month. After this, the angel speaks our focus verse, for nothing will be impossible with God.
Now, this is not the first time this idea was communicated in the scriptures. We read in Genesis the following, “The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old? Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:10-14.
This idea is something we need to remind each other of on a regular basis. Mary was told this when the angel said she would conceive and have a son even though she had never been with a man, and that Elizabeth would have a son in her old age, in fact she was already in her sixth month. And the Lord said the same thing to Abraham when Sarah questioned what the Lord told Abraham regarding her having a son in her old age. Now, I ask the following. How often do we question the Lord’s ability to take care of us?
If there is nothing God cannot do, and He loves us beyond our ability to comprehend, then we have nothing to fear. God said He will be with us forever, and there is nothing that can prevent this. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39. So, whatever happens to/for us, God allows it for His purpose. And whatever does not happen to/for us, God does not allow it for His purpose. If the enemy comes against us, the Lord allows it for His good purpose. There is nothing in this world that occurs, no matter how good or bad it is, that surprises God and is not meant for good. We must trust Him, that no matter what happens to us, God allowed it and therefore it is for our good, or someone else’s.
Remember this when you find yourself in difficult times. Trust Him in all things. Be at peace knowing your situation is not a surprise to God, and in fact will be used for some good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. If He says everything will work toward our good, then it will and we can be at peace, for He can do anything, and we know all He does is good.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.