For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37
I know I would be upset if I were the man in 2 Kings 6:6-7 who borrowed his friend’s axe and the head fell off straight down to the bottom of the river. As he was trying to figure out how he could explain his carelessness and worried about paying for a new axe head, suddenly the prophet Elisha yelled, “Look there it is floating!” Defying the laws of physics, that is God doing the impossible!
I know this truth is found in the Word of God, so I don’t wonder if God can do the impossible, but if He will do it. I know God has done the impossible over and over, yet is this a verse I am to hold fast to in my current situation?
How do I live when God isn’t doing the impossible?
Or more significantly, why do I think God is more glorified in the healing, the miracles, and the impossible?
As I reviewed the names of God, I did not find God calling Himself, “The God who does the impossible,” yet over and over God reveals Himself as the God who provides, the God who sees, the God who is with us, and the God who saves.
While phrases similar to “Nothing is impossible with God” are found in 3 gospels and Jeremiah 32, the idea of perseverance is found in almost every book of the Bible. Being astonished does not equate to believing. We don’t have to see the impossible or experience the miraculous to take God at his word. Sometimes it takes more faith to believe God is good all the time and God’s ways are perfect, than to receive a “yes” to a prayer in an impossible situation.
Psalm 13:5-6 I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing praise to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
3 thoughts on “What? A Floating Axe Head?”
Lynn has a beautiful and truly God-inspired gift: She takes a very tricky, complex, burning kind of question (“Why isn’t God doing the impossible for me?”) and answering it with both accessible simplicity, and honest depth—a combination that seems impossible, but God makes possible through her.
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“Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.” ~ John 20:29
i know the context is different, but i think the point is the same. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Thank you Lynn for another thought provoking, truth seeking blog
Similar to much of the music of “Mercy Me”. This one similar to thier song titled “Even If”. Trusting in His promise that He has already won the war with His miracle of salvation through Jesus. We might wish for Him to move mountains, but true faith is believing when He leaves mountains unmoveable. Just knowing that He can & will if & when He chooses. Knowing that His ways are greater like you said. Those yeses to my prayers are encouraging though I realize sometimes the answer is no or be patient. I sometimes have to remind myself what He has already done & the more spiritual promises of eternity to remind myself to keep that faith in those trying times.