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Verse: Jesus replied, “Things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” – Luke 18:27 (NIrV)
Big Idea: God can do anything, and I can ask him for help.
You can do a lot of cool things, can’t you? Maybe you’re a really fast runner or you’re awesome at video games or maybe you’re an artist or a math ninja. Or maybe you’re good at making people laugh or just helping people whenever you see a need.
I’m sure there are tons of things you’re great at. That’s how God made you, but no matter how talented you are there are some things we just can’t do on our own.
Have you ever tried to lift something that was too heavy to move? Or tried to get something down that was too high to reach? Or solve a problem that was too tricky to figure out?
At times like this we all need help. Sometimes we need someone stronger than us, bigger than us or smarter than us to lend us a hand and help us to do things that are too hard to do alone.
For example, there was a couple in the Bible who needed some help too. Their names were Abraham and Sarah. They didn’t have any children and wanted to have a baby more than anything else in the whole world. Unfortunately, they were way too old. There was no way they could ever have a child on their own.
But one day, God appeared to Abraham and told him they were going to have a baby. In fact, God said he would return in a year, and when he did, Sarah would have a son. When Sarah heard this, she laughed out loud. This sounded absolutely crazy. She knew there was no way an old lady could have a baby. It was impossible.
Here’s what the Bible says happened next, “Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, “Can an old woman like me have a baby?”’ Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:13-14a NLT)
The answer, of course, is no. Nothing is too hard for God.
God did what he said he would do. It didn’t matter that Abraham and Sarah were too old. God created Abraham and Sarah, so they could do anything God wanted them to do.
A year later Sarah had a son, and they named him Isaac, and Isaac’s family eventually became the nation of Israel. Out of Israel would come the most special baby of all, Jesus.
Jesus once told his followers, “Things that are impossible with people are possible with God” Luke 18:27 (NIrV). That’s good news for us.
Think About It
When we need help, we have a God who can do ANYTHING, and he’s always just a prayer away. So the next time you need help, ask God. He’s bigger, stronger and smarter than any of us, and he loves to help his kids.
Remember, though, just because God can do anything, doesn’t mean he will do anything. He’s not a genie who grants three wishes. He’s not our butler who obeys our commands. He’s a wise King and a good Dad. He gives us what we need, when we need it, and we can always trust Him to do what’s best for us because he loves us so much.
Pray About It
God, you are all-powerful. You can do anything. I am blown away by how amazing you are. Thank you for helping me to do things I could never do on my own. Amen.
Talk About It
- What are some things that are impossible for people to do, but possible for God?
- What would you do if you were all-powerful like God?
- What’s one impossible thing you need God’s help with today?
Do you believe that God really can do anything? Or is there something in your life that you think is beyond God’s ability to change? Maybe it’s a broken relationship or a situation that seems hopeless or something you would like to change about yourself. Don’t give up praying. Invite the God of the impossible to do something amazing today.
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