The chapters between Mark 3 with the calling of the disciples, and Mark 6 when the Lord sent them out, detail the education of the disciples. In Mark 4 it is primarily through parables that the Lord prepares them for service. But from the end of Mark 4 and through chapter 5, they are brought into the classroom to witness His miraculous power.
Notice what He confronts in these chapters:
• A storm no one could calm
• A man no one could control
• A woman no one could cure
• A tragedy no one could correct
The seemingly impossible is not only possible with Him, but normative. Winds and sea hear His command; demons flee at His word; disease that defied the physicians instantly vanishes on contact with Him. Finally, and fittingly, death must give up its prey and own Him as the Prince of Life. As the disciples look on, wonder and amazement lead to worship and awe. They have encountered the “God of the Impossible.”
While miracles from the hand of Christ remind us of His power in the natural realm, they also reveal His ability in the spiritual realm today. These “spiritual miracles” are actually superior in many ways to physical miracles. They lead to eternal blessing and honor.
As we commence another year, many are faced with the “impossible.” No, this is not a promise that your terminal disease will suddenly be cured. But it is a reminder that the God we serve is never without resources for every issue we face.
Some Christians live with impossible home situations, one of which is persecution from family members. Others face the burden of unsaved loved ones who, not only have no interest, but express direct animosity toward the gospel. Their conversion seems impossible. For others, it is a life situation which appears to have no potential for betterment or hope; life is lived in the minor key, a mournful dirge from day to day.
Amidst our impossible issues, we cry for circumstances to change; the Spirit of God is seeking character change. We think the answer lies in deliverance; God says the answer lies in dependence and devotion. This is not to minimize or think lightly of difficult circumstances which many saints face. Compassion for other believers is enjoined upon us (Heb 13:3). God, however, may use difficult situations to mold and develop us.
The year that we have embarked upon may see no change in our day to day lives. If it does not, may it see a change in us. Apart from the grace of God, the change in us is as impossible as the change in our circumstances. Both, or either, is proof that we have come to know the “God of the Impossible.”
With this confidence we can enter a new year, recognizing that the Sovereign God controls our circumstances; character will determine our conduct.