So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:22-27)
With God Everything Is Possible
When God created the world, He spoke it into existence. Think about that. He did not take some matter and work it in His hands to form to the world. He said, “Let there be light and there was light.” Every part of creation that we see around us came forth by the word of God. Man was formed from the dust of the ground. Woman was created from a rib taken from Adam. The universe and all its bodies continue in motion today because of the word of God. He spoke and it happened. In the days of Noah, the Lord unleased the waters from above and the waters from below destroying all life on the planet earth with the exception of eight people and a boat load of animals. He made the flood to happen. It covered every continent and every mountain. His word diminished the flood and the earth returned to its created place. He spoke and it happened.
The Old Testament is filled with stories of God bringing plagues upon Egypt, dividing the Red Sea, wonders and mighty deeds against the enemies of Israel and on His own people. In one night 185,000 men were killed by the hand of God. He lifted up nations to punish Israel and brought nations low for killing His people. Jesus Christ came to earth showing His power to walk on water, raise the dead, heal every disease known to man and shackle the powers of demons with only a word. The power of God was in the life of Christ testifying that He was God. Mortal men were given these powers for a limited time to prove the word of God true. The mighty, wonder working power of God fills the pages of Holy Writ telling the people of God that nothing is impossible for Him.
Jesus was sorrowful the rich young ruler went away. He had come to the Lord seeking eternal life but thought it impossible to give up all his riches. The ruler did not believe in the power of God. Selfishly, he would not accept the will of the Lord. Those standing around also mused of what the young man did. They understood what Jesus asked was too hard. The problem with man is that he is blinded by his own power to see what can be done with the power of God. If God can speak a world into existence, destroy the world with a flood, raise the dead, heal any sickness and cast out fierce demons – what can He not do in my life? Men view situations from the impossible vistas of doubt. God sees everything as possible because He made all things. He is greater than everything, anything and all things in this world. He is HUGE. He is ALL POWERFUL.
The lesson about the Father is this: what is there in your life that God cannot take care of? Are you in an impossible marriage? With God, all things are possible. Is sickness troubling your soul? The Lord is a God of possibilities. Are you fearful of the world’s politics? He is still in control. Is sin having a crippling hold on your heart? Let God forgive you and purify you with His love. There is nothing in life that I cannot trust in the Lord God Creator Savior to take care of. Death is nothing to be feared because He took the sting away. Everything is possible with God! Period!
If I looked into a mirror and did not see my face, I should have the same sort of feeling which actually comes upon me, when I look into this living busy world, and see no reflection of its Creator. (John Henry Newman, Apologia pro Vita Sua, 1864)