November 29, 2011
The year after I trusted Jesus as my Saviour, I joined my church?s Christmas cantata. One of the songs we sang was Nothing is Impossible.
The chorus goes like this:
Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God;
Nothing is impossible when you’re trusting in His Word.
Hearken to the voice of God to thee –
“Is there anything too hard for Me?”
Then put your trust in God alone and rest upon His Word;
For everything, O everything,
Yes, everything is possible with God.
The angel Gabriel was sent to a young virgin girl, Mary, with this message: ?You will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus?.?
Shocked, surprised, and astonished. That was probably how Mary felt. She said to the angel, ?How can this be, since I am a virgin?? The angel replied, ?The Holy Spirit will come upon you?even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age…For nothing will be impossible with God.?
That is probably where the songwriter got the inspiration for the song. What God had done for Elizabeth in her advanced years was a miracle.
Two thousand years earlier, an angel had asked another woman, ?Is anything too difficult for the Lord?? That rhetorical question was put to a skeptical 90-year-old, Sarah, wife of Abraham, when she was told she would conceive a child the next year.
The appearance and announcement to young Mary was not a new message as such. Several hundred years earlier, a promise had been given through God?s prophet Isaiah. Even though the people were unbelieving, God?s Word is true. It will be — and it was fulfilled.
The first stanza of the same song goes:
I read in the Bible the promise of God,
That nothing for Him is too hard;
Impossible things He has promised to do,
If we faithfully trust in His Word.
Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary believed what they heard. They trusted God, and God used them to fulfill His promises.
Since the time I sang in that cantata as a young believer, I have personally experienced the second stanza of that song.
The Word of the Lord is an anchor secure.
When winds of uncertainty blow;
Tho man in his weakness may falter and fail,
His Word will not fail us, we know.
What about you? What has been your experience? Can you recall a time when you thought “this is impossible”?
The most amazing news we have all received is that God forgives sin. His love came through a baby, born to a virgin mother. How impossible! Yet it was done, and you and I are the benefactors.
As you plan for Christmas, four weeks from now, begin by thinking of God?s promises in the Bible. Ask Him to stretch your faith, so that you can believe His Word more fully.
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.