by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-56; Psalms 35:1-16
READ (verse chosen for meditation)
Luke 1:37-38 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
“For nothing will be impossible with God”.
This message was given by the angel Gabriel after Mary was left wondering how the miracle she just heard could be fulfilled. How will it be that the Son of God be conceive by a virgin like her? The angel Gabriel assured Mary that the Son of God will be conceived through the power of the Holy Spirit and also gave an added encouragement, that Elizabeth had been barren but was blessed with a child by the Lord. Hence, the angel Gabriel concluded “for nothing will be impossible with God”.
“Nothing will be impossible with God”.
I wonder how many of us have at some point in our lives, heard of this verse from Luke 1:37. Perhaps such a verse was given in the midst of an extremely difficult circumstance and so it served as a form of encouragement. Perhaps it was given in the midst of a heart to heart talk about a desire and so it was given as a hope. Whatever it is, I wonder if we had taken time to reflect on such a verse; for Mary’s response is to me is even more inspiring: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
It seems to me that upon hearing Gabriel’s proclamation that nothing is impossible with God; Mary did not ask for anything new or of her own desire. Instead, she obeyed the message given to her through the word of God relayed by the angel Gabriel. Mary was confident that whatever God wills, nothing will be impossible for His will to be carried through.
“For nothing is impossible with God”.
The connective “for” is important because verse 37 was only given after Gabriel talked about the will of God for Mary. It wasn’t a “blank cheque” given to Mary that because nothing is impossible with God’ and so she can ask for anything. It was more like a solid assurance that whatever God wills, it will be done for Mary. Indeed, whatever God wills, if I receive and obey, it will not be impossible for God to fulfil because it will be His good pleasure to do so.
But what is the will of God? For Mary, the will of God for baby Jesus to be conceived through a human being was conveyed through an angel. For me, the will of God can always be found in His Word. Let me not proclaim carelessly verse 37 unless i know for certain, what God’s will is for a person under my care.
Let me pray for better discernment through Gods’ Word, obey His will through His Word and yes boldly proclaim like Mary: “Let it be to me according to Your Word”. Amen.
Lord my God, thank you for the assurance given through Luke 1:37-38 that in Your will, nothing is impossible. You are an all-powerful God and nothing can stop You. So let me rest in that assurance and continue to be obedient in Your call for me to walk this journey in faith and holiness. Amen.