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::Devotional:: ‘The Spotlight of Impossible Situations’

December 2, 2009

As I’ve been reading through the accounts of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, it is hard to miss the gigantic spotlights shinning on God.  I mean, there is situation after situation that occurs where the only word to describe them is impossible.  Yet, God makes the impossible possible and when that happens there’s only one place to shine the spotlight of attention and that is on him.

Yesterday we talked about the Virgin Birth, where Mary conceived a child (Jesus) and yet had never laid down with a man in her life.  Impossible – made possible with God.  Another woman by the name of Elizabeth, wife to a Jewish priest name Zechariah, who had been barren her entire life, conceived a child well along in her years.  That child was John the baptist.  Again, the impossible was made possible with God.

Imagine being in a theatre (not a movie theatre, but one with an actual stage for a play production) and you’ve just settled down in your seat as many people are still finding their seats as the audience is filling in.  The curtains and drawn and there’s a buzz in the room.  All of a sudden, the lights dim to darkness and you hear the sound of the curtain opening, yet all is black.  Total darkness for a brief moment and then it happens.  From the back of the theatre a bright beam of light shines upon the stage and immediately the presence of the main character is established.  The focus of the audience is drawn right to them because they are the only focal point in the vast darkness that surrounds them.  There is no choice but to look upon them.  The spotlight has illuminated them.

Such is the case with God.  Many times in the scriptures we read of situations that have gone well beyond the points of impossible.  A boat was built for a flood before anyone had ever even seen rain; children were born to women who had always been barren; three men were thrown into a furnace seven times hotter than was required to kill a man.  The list goes on and on.  The more impossible the situation, the darker theatre and the brighter the spotlight when God makes things happen.

What is impossible with men is possible with God.  Luke 18:27

When you face the darkness of impossible situations, know that you might be only moments away from a spotlight glorifying the Lord.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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