For nothing will be impossible with God. - Luke 1:37 ESV
This book starts out with a bang. A barren old woman finds herself pregnant. Her doubting old husband finds himself made mute. A young virgin girl gets the jaw-dropping news that she is going to have a baby - by the Holy Spirit! On top of that, the baby she is carrying would be called the Son of the Most High God. And that's all in just the first chapter.
But doesn't that make sense? I mean, here is God Himself breaking the barrier between Himself and mankind, by entering into the world in the form of a man. This is huge! This isn't just another day in Judea. God is about to shake things up in a big way. And Luke is there to record every last detail. Including the increased activity of the Holy Spirit. Zacharias and Elizabeth are told their son will be filled with the Holy Spirit while he is still in his mother's womb. Mary is told by the angel that the Holy Spirit would come upon her, causing her to conceive a son. Zacharias, at the birth of his son, John, finds himself filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesying.
These are incredible days. This is an amazing point in history. And the angel Gabriel sums it up best with his words, "For nothing will be impossible with God." Barren women, virgin girls, Roman occupiers, religious hypocrites, doubting priests, corrupt kings - nothing is going to stand in the way of the divine plan of God. Nothing is too hard for Him. Nothing can stand in His way. God can use the faithful and the doubting, the unborn and the old, the obscure and the powerful, to accomplish His agenda. And He's still doing it today.
He wants to use you. But do you really believe that nothing is impossible for Him? Do you trust that He can use even you to accomplish His will in His way? Mary did. So did Elizabeth, Zechariah, Joseph, and John the Baptist. God was about to do something radical on earth, and while we tend to think of Jesus' birth as having taken place in relative obscurity and anonymity, the reality is that some incredible things were happening behind the scenes. This was anything but business as usual.
And the same it true today. God is still shaking things up. He is still using the unknown, the unqualified, the unexpected, and the unlikely to do His will. And that includes you and me! Nothing is impossible for Him, because He is the God of the impossible.
Father, thank you for reminding me that nothing is impossible for You. The Bible is a fact-filled reminder of that reality. Keep my eyes open so that I can see you all around me. Don't let me fail to recognize your hand at work in the world and in my life. Because You are the God of the impossible. Amen