Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lent 12: Making the impossible possible

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes it even means admitting the impossibility of our situation without a miracle. Jehoshaphat was king of Israel at an impossible time. Knowing war was inevitable and defeat certain, he appealed to God.

There are times when the best strategies, the most current technology, and the sharpest minds can’t find a solution. Sometimes throwing up our hands and falling on our knees is our best defense.

What looks impossible in your week? Maybe it's time to work on knee calluses.


God's peace to you today!

*David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, "Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 NIV

*[Jehoshaphat prayed,] O our God, won't you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.

"[The prophet Jahaziel] said, 'Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!'" 2 Chronicles 20: 12,15–17 NLT

*For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20 NLT

*We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:16-19 NASB

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