Believing the “unbelievable.”This week’s lessons teach us that our God is all-powerful.

We’ve been learning that with God, all things are possible. Now we need to apply that in a personal way. Let me suggest, first of all, that there are ways in which we obviously cannot apply it. We can’t apply the miracle of the virgin birth or the incarnation to ourselves. God is not going to do that with us. By very nature, those are one-of-a-kind events. Jesus Christ became man once for all in order to die and rise again. He is not going to return to earth by means of a virgin birth again. And yet there are ways we can apply it, and I want to suggest a number of them to you.
First of all, anything that God promises in his Word is possible, regardless of how it may seem to you now. More than that, it is certain because God’s Word is his bond. And if God says he is going to do something for you, then God will most certainly do it. Matthew Henry, who is one of the great commentators on the Bible, wrote, “No word of God must be incredible to us as long as no work of God is incredible to him.” Now many people deprive themselves of the comfort God gives simply because they don’t know the promises of God recorded in the Bible. And so, I recommend the Bible to you.
Let me suggest some of the promises in which we can be assured. How about John 3:16? It is a very well-known verse. “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” You may say to yourself “Eternal life – how can I possibly experience eternal life? I am so afraid of death.” The promise of God is that eternal life is for those who come to him through Jesus Christ, trusting in what he did upon the cross for their salvation.
How about John 10:9? “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” You may say to yourself, “But how can I be saved?” There is the answer: it is through Jesus Christ. And God promises – Jesus Christ expresses the promise – that if you so come, he will save you.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” You may be greatly troubled in your soul, even at a time like this when we sing, “Peace on earth, good will to men.” You may say, “I have no peace at all. How can I find peace?” Jesus says that he will give you peace. You will find that if you come. Anything God says in his Word, any promise he makes, may be believed.
How about Philippians 4:6-7? “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Or Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” You say, “But I don’t see how that is possible.” Well, that is true. Often we don’t – but with God all things are possible.

Study Questions
  1. What does Dr. Boice teach about God’s Word in today’s lesson?

Reflection: Meditate on the promises of God mentioned in today’s lesson: John 3:16, 10:19; Matthew 11:28-30; Philippians 4:6-7, 19.

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