Mark 9: All Things Are Possible
Jesus was a miracle worker, and He was able to do things that I think we all dream about being able to. After all, if I was able to heal people with a touch of my hand, I would certainly not be working as an underwriter right now. I would want to share that with as many people as possible.
In Mark 9, Jesus was just about to throw out a particularly difficult demon, and He says the following:
Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
Verse 23 says that all things are possible if you can believe. I think experientially this one is a little bit difficult for us. I know that I certainly believe that God can do anything. However, it seems that a lot of things happen in the world that don’t work out in my way.
I think that we misinterpret possible here in our own almost excitement. Certainly, everything is possible with God, but also it is similarly true that everything that we want might not necessarily line up with the perfect will of God.
I think about it like this. I try my best to have faith that God can do anything, and I know I’m not perfect in that regard, but I try to remember that. I think that we all have moments where we put God in a box. However, even though we understand that God can do anything, that does not obligate Him to do what we want. God has a divine plan, and His answers might not always be what we like to hear. I think that makes the most sense of the above passage. God can do miracles, and God still does miracles. However, it is important to remember what Jesus is saying here. All things are possible through God, but that does not obligate God to do everything that we want.