Drawing a connecting line between “Almighty God” and “impossible”, there are just few things impossible for Him: it is impossible for God to lie and it’s impossible to please Him without faith.
Our impossibilities on the other hand are numerous. It’s impossible for us to get a grip on aging. It’s impossible for us to beat death. Unfortunately, it’s not impossible for humans to lie. However, like God, we will have a problem with people who don’t believe in us. And in a strange sort of way, that puts us in God’s shoes.
Granted, there’s no way we could fill His shoes, but that’s beside the point. It’s in instances like that when I notice we’re related to the Father of Creation. As His creation we’re as closely related as we come. So it’s no surprise that we find we have things in common with God. And I think that helps us growing closer to the One who is called mysterious.
Job asks us an interesting question (Job 11:7):
“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”
Well, can we? Probably not – another impossible thing for humans to do is to understand God fully. Personally, I’m fine with that. How boring if we could figure out everything! Where is the element of surprise? But then that doesn’t mean we give up trying to understand Him; in an attempt to decipher God’s handwriting we’ve been exploring the world.
Back to God’s impossibilities: there is nothing we could do to please Him, unless we have faith in Him. And while at first sight this may sound a bit outrageous, imagine a person in your life who doesn’t believe in you. Every time you needed encouragement to make a bold move this person would point out your weaknesses as a potential hazard. Picture yourself being around that person for any length of time and ask yourself this question: Would it be possible for this particular person to please you with expensive gifts? This is highly hypothetical of course, but I think this gets the point across why in the realm of faith we show our true colors and exhibit signs that we’re related to the Almighty.
If God is just a word He simply dissolves into black and white while the do’s and don’ts begin to dominate our thinking. Without faith, God becomes a lifeless rule book, and we need to ask ourselves: how good are we really at playing by the rules? I’d say, this has never been our forte. Even if it was, God wouldn’t be pleased, and rightly so!
Let’s put our trust in God. After all, we have it written on our US Dollar bills, haven’t we? We believe in God, and God believes in us – that’s how faith works. Without faith, nothing really works.