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January 7, 2019, 11:06 AM

Impossible Situations or Divine Appointments


Impossible Situations or Divine Appointments

“Don’t worry.  Be happy.” is an easy thing to say while you are sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand; however, it is much harder to say when your creditors are calling and your financial portfolio is crashing.  Not worrying is difficult to do when your doctor tells you that he found a spot and it looks like cancer.  Not worrying is much harder when your loved one gets deployed.  Not worrying is hard when you lose your job or get an unexpected bill in the mail.  Think about the children of Israel as they made their exodus from Egypt.  How can you not worry when you are pinned up against the Red Sea and the Egyptian soldiers are bearing down on you?  

Think about the seemingly impossible situation they were in.  They had followed God as he revealed himself through the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.  God had led them to what seemed like an impossible position.  I think God does this in our lives too.  I think he tests our faith.  I think he allows us into situations that will feel like they are impossible situations.  We need to realize something very important.  The spot you are in is not a surprise to the Lord.  Our responsibility is to always follow God where he takes us because God has prepared the path for you to take.

The Psalmist wrote, “A person’s steps are established by the Lord, and he takes pleasure in his way. Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the Lord supports him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24) Realize that the place you are in is only possible because either God has purposefully placed you there or because he has allowed you to be there.  Think about the examples we have in Scripture of people who were in seemingly impossible situations.  Hagar was forced out of Abraham’s household with her son Ishmael in the desert.  Joseph was sold into slavery and later imprisoned in Egypt.  David was wanted for dead by King Saul.  The disciples were caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee.  Peter was imprisoned by King Herod and marked for execution.  

You should not be surprised when you are faced with seemingly impossible situations.  Basically, Jesus promised us that life would be hard and we would be faced with difficulties.  Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)

I don’t know what you are facing in life.  I don’t know all of your challenges and difficulties, but I know what separates joy and peace from despair and depression.  It is about how you look at what you are facing in life.  Is it hard?  Yes.  Does it hurt?  Sure, no doubt about that.  Do you want to have to deal with it?  I am sure you don’t.  Does it feel impossible?  It very well might.  

What if, this year, you approached seemingly impossible situations as divine appointments.  What if you said, “God, what are you trying to teach me through this?”  What if you said, “God, how do I need to grow through this?”  What if you said, “God, glorify yourself through this.”  What if we approached our trials as blessings in disguise.  What if we approached our difficulties as opportunities for God to display his faithful love and grace to us.

God has prepared the path you are to take.  Following God’s path will bring you joy and delight because you know that God is with you.  These are not impossible situations.  These are divine appointments.

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