by Dr. Charles Stanley
When Things Seem Impossible
Years ago, our church was preparing to purchase some costly property, and our desire was to accomplish the transaction without going into debt. One week away from the deadline, we had accumulated less than half the money — raising the rest seemed impossible. I mentioned our need to the congregation, and after the first service, a young couple came up and gave me the husband’s wedding ring to use toward the payment. They insisted I take the band in spite of the fact that they were barely getting by and had a baby on the way. During the second service, I pulled out the ring and told about this couple’s sacrifice. Then the most amazing thing happened. People started streaming down the aisle and giving all kinds of things — boats, houses, jewelry, cars, etc. At the end of that service, we had exactly the amount we needed.
Nothing is impossible for our heavenly Father. He used an inexpensive ring to raise over 2 million dollars in one day, just as He once borrowed a sack lunch to feed 5,000 people. We often make the same mistake as the disciples in today’s passage. We ask the wrong question: “What am I going to do?” Instead, we should ask the right one: “Lord, what are You going to do?” God has a plan to guide us safely through every seemingly impossible situation, if we but trust Him instead of our own resources.
Look to your Father for whatever you need, whether it is 2 million dollars or next month’s rent. He has promised to provide for His children.