The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?” (John 4:11
The Word tells us emphatically that nothing is impossible with God. The very nature of faith is that it defies the conventional wisdom of the world and challenges the logical and rational reasoning of man. We only need to read the Bible to see just how many times God proved that the impossible is possible, that He is both willing and able to work miracles that upend every expectation to protect, defend, rescue, and provide for His people. We see the dramatic deliverance, healing, and victory from the Old Testament through to the new, and we long for ‘those days’ when the power of God manifested itself in the lives of those who had faith. If God hasn’t changed, what has? Surely He is as willing and able to intervene on our behalf now as He was then?
When faith and attitude work together, the impossible is possible with God.
Faith is a funny thing. All too often, we believe God can while not necessarily believing that He will. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that this is a critical aspect of faith: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. This is a dilemma that many Christians face, and it’s one that causes much heartache and frustration when it seems that prayers are not answered, even in moments of desperate need. We must not only believe completely that the impossible is possible with God, but also that He desires to release His power to activate this promise in our lives.
There is another side to this imbalance that often manifests in perception of self – God will do it for others but not for me. This is a skewed perception that has its root in pride, and it generally means that the person has not yet reached a point of ‘no condemnation.’ The truth that we are all unworthy and undeserving has not been tempered with the truth that Jesus has already paid the price. Forgiveness has not yet been fully received, and this lack manifests in a kind of reverse pride that says that we are somehow beyond the reach of God. The result is that the person walks with one foot in the kingdom and the other in no-man’s land. They will never take hold of the awesome truth that the impossible is possible with God if they have not first learned to apply it to themselves and their salvation.
Another hindrance is highlighted in today’s verse as the Samaritan woman at the well manifests a lack of perception common among many Christians. Simply put, it’s the inability to understand spiritual things, a reliance on interpreting the supernatural through our natural understanding and perception. Jesus is revealing a deep spiritual truth, but she responds from an entirely natural perspective of what is practically possible. As a result, she sees only what is impossible in human, logical terms, not that the impossible is possible with God.
It’s a typical human weakness and one which we all have to some extent. We measure our situations and circumstances based on what we know. Within all of us is the drive to control and solve our problems by logical and practical means. We react with what we know and understand. The workings of God, however, are entirely supernatural. They cannot be understood in the natural. The power of God works to impact the physical, natural world through supernatural means. The spiritual affects the natural and not the other way around. Until we learn to relate to God and His workings on an entirely supernatural level, we will never come to the place where we can fully believe that the impossible is possible.
We must note that ‘supernatural’ is used to refer only to the workings of God, who is spirit. It refers to the spiritual realm in which He operates – the realm in which eternity is present. This doesn’t suggest that any other ‘supernatural’ means other than prayer, worship, fellowship with God, and reading the Word should ever be used to obtain the answers to our needs. Many other spirit beings operate within the supernatural or spiritual realm, but the impossible is possible only with God. This also excludes prayers to angels, even though they may be in the service of God.
To change this mindset, is to dramatically alter our level of faith, but this can only occur if we first believe that God ‘is.’ This involves far more than simply accepting the existence of God. It’s a matter of asking what God is. We must spend time getting to know God – who and what He is. Only when we fully know and understand the nature of God can we come to a place where we believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. To have the kind of faith that believes that the impossible is possible with God is to be fully persuaded through an intimate knowledge of and fellowship with Him.
All too often, though we may look around at the created universe with wonder, we miss the critical evidence it presents to us on a daily basis – that the impossible is possible. The intricate detail, the sensitive interaction, the perfect balance, the incredible miracle of life…all these things point to a power beyond imagining, a power that remains active and available to everyone who ‘diligently seeks Him.’
Which brings us to a very important aspect of faith. It is a gift – to each is given a measure of faith – but we must diligently seek God for it. Faith doesn’t happen ‘automagically.’ It isn’t something that simply drops out of nowhere and, hey presto, suddenly we believe. We cannot generate it, earn it, or create it, but we must seek it. While there are moments where God may release the gift of faith in exceptional circumstances – a temporary faith that transcends our normal level of faith for a specific purpose – in general, faith is built through a slow process. It’s rather like a stepladder. We start on the bottom rung with sufficient faith for the bottom rung. We seek God, and step out in faith for the next rung, and our faith is grown a little as a result. Gradually, our faith is built and strengthened, until our experience through all these situations brings us to a place where we can believe that the impossible is possible.
Having faith is part of living a life that is pleasing to God. It means that we are depending on Him, not on ourselves, others, or the world. It means that we know Him because we spend time with Him, and it means that we are diligently seeking. The word diligent essentially means consistent, constant effort and focus. It is only in the times of intimacy with God that He can work in us to transform us – to decrease our dependence on natural human reasoning and increase our dependence on supernatural wisdom and discernment. He changes our perspective so we begin to see things as He does. Then, and then only, will be begin to truly believe that the impossible is possible because we see what He sees.
The Samaritan woman is a perfect example of the hindrance of human logic and practical understanding at work, yet the presence of Jesus transformed her. Jesus is the Word, and it is in the Word and in absorbing, knowing, and living the Word that God’s power is released and faith is grown. The truth revealed over and over – that the impossible is possible with God – becomes a part of who we are, but only if we seek diligently, put time with Him at the top of our priority list, and allow Him to remove the hindrances that hamper our progress and stifle our faith.
Thank You, Lord, for Your infinite patience. Help us to relinquish our dependence on things that are in the natural, and to surrender our reasoning and understanding to Your transforming power. Help us to diligently seek You, to live Your Word and in Your Word, that it can work in us to release the faith to believe that the impossible is possible with You. Be glorified, Lord, in our lives.