In those moments when I lose heart, when I can’t imagine how God will ever clean up the latest mess I’ve made, I turn to this verse and hang on with trembling hands: “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 NASB).
Nothing means just that: not one thing.
Not one thing is too big for God, too hard for God, too much for God. And if nothing is impossible, that means anything and everything must be possible with God.
Astonishing, isn’t it?
The angel Gabriel spoke these words to a young woman named Mary. He also speaks the same words to us, beloved, because Truth then is Truth now is Truth forever: “God can do anything!” (Luke 1:37 NCV)
God. Can. Do. Anything.
The four most powerful words ever spoken can be reduced to three words without losing an ounce of energy. God. Can. Do.
Even two words. God. Can.
Yes, even one word. God.
The breathtaking reality of who He is and what He is capable of unfurls over every scene of our lives, ready to dispel every doubt, answer every question.
Sometimes we insist on throwing up roadblocks, forgetting that God drives a tank. We whisper to ourselves, “No way. That’s impossible.” For us, yes, but not for our heavenly Father.
He can remove any obstacle, overcome any challenge, mow down any opposition. He is the very definition of trustworthy. And He can do anything. Anything.
Mary carried the infant Jesus in her body. By the same Holy Spirit, we carry the risen Lord in our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God residing in us and working through us.
Deep down, we know this. We really do. But some days our faith grows dim.
Show us how to believe, Lord. Show us how to say yes.
After Gabriel spoke, it was Mary’s turn. Would she take that leap of faith? For her sake, for our sake?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered (Luke 1:38). Oh, Mary. Look how fully and completely she humbled herself. Mary knew her place, but even more she knew God’s place: all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-loving.
Only God could have provided the faith Mary needed to bravely say, “May your word to me be fulfilled” (Luke 1:38). She was not only willing; she was clearly eager to affirm Gabriel’s assurance, “No word from God will ever fail” (Luke 1:37 NIV).
As a devout young woman, Mary surely knew the prophecy of Isaiah concerning a virgin who would one day conceive and give birth to a son and call him Immanuel. Did Mary realize Isaiah meant her? A poor girl in a small, insignificant village? Immanuel. God with us. God with me!
Some have wondered, “What if Mary had said no?” That’s why the Lord chose Mary. He knew she would say yes. God did not have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. Mary was The Plan.
With God’s mighty power and Mary’s simple yes, a miracle was accomplished and a Savior was conceived, all because an ordinary young woman clasped hands with an extraordinary God.
He is reaching for your hand as well. Beckoning you to carry the Light of His Truth into the darkness of this world. Will you say yes?
Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to experience this holy season afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna in The Women of Christmas.