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HOW DO WE FACE THE “IMPOSSIBLE”?

posted Nov 1, 2017, 12:46 PM by Linda Dickinson

By Kai Thoni

 

At the time Elmwood hosted Alpha, I downloaded an app onto my iPhone. It is the Alpha Bible in One Year app. One day while listening to the daily Bible readings, I was struck by a passage from Numbers 11:23.  Moses is in a difficult spot. The Israelites are grumbling about the steady diet of manna. (Never mind gratitude for daily provision.) The Lord tells Moses that he has heard the people’s wailing and the complaint, “We were better off in Egypt!” The Lord tells Moses that they are about to get meat, meat and more meat!  

Moses counters with the reality of the “impossible that he sees” by saying to the Lord:  “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?” God’s answers Moses: Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

God’s words, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?” struck me. I realized that for us not to call upon Him and trust in Him to do the “impossible” is really an insult. The opposite is also true: To call upon Him and trust Him in difficult situations is what is needful and honoring.

When Dan Moose met with the Elmwood Church Council in September, he called for us to be in dedicated prayer for Elmwood.  This is why during the month of November and the first week of December we will be dedicating the last part of each Sunday morning’s worship service to prayer for Elmwood. It is a time for us to honor God by placing our faith and trust in His plans for Elmwood’s future and to say to Him: “We trust you. We know that Your arm is not too short! We honor you! Your ways are higher than our ways!”

Be encouraged in your prayers for Elmwood by these Scriptures: 

·         Isaiah 59:1:   Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

·         Isaiah 65:24:  Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

·         Jeremiah 32:17:  Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.


"If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and see my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place."          ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
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