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"Who Can do the Impossible?"

May 6, 2003

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Matthew 15:33 "His disciples answered, 'Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?'"

There can be no question about it. No one can feed 4,000 people with only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish! It's absurd to even consider the possibility! Unless -- unless less the one who determines to do so is the ruler of heaven and earth. Then every protesting tongue must fall silent.

The disciples were sincerely logical in their protest. Jesus was dynamic and immediate in His response. The 4,000 were fed. Seven loaves of bread and a few fish filled every stomach, with food to spare, because He willed it so. "With God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26).

But why does the human mind find this miracle impossible to believe? There is no other reason than pride. We can't do it, and pride insists that what we can't do no one can -- God or man. Yet the history of God's work in the lives of humankind is a recitation of the impossible accomplished. Where humanity stands overwhelmed, God easily succeeds. God's dynamic "Let there be!" mystifies human insistence on creation painfully progressing for eons. God's intrusion into history with the sacrifice of His Son makes humankind's struggle to become acceptable to God unnecessary. Humanity's "impossible" is God's signal to act. And He acts powerfully.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, how often we try to limit Your power! Show us again and again that with You all things are possible. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 28-29    Luke 23:26-56

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