I once read an article entitled, “The 41 Worst Predictions of all Time”. Naturally, none of them came true and today they seem rather foolish. Regarding automobiles on October 14, 1889, The Literary Digest said, “The ordinary ‘horse-less carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.” Perhaps the car makers achieved the impossible!
photo courtesy of Rowan McLaughlin
With God Achieving the Impossible is Possible
If someone composed a list of the 41 worst predictions in the Bible, at the very top would be the prediction made by ten Israelite leaders in Numbers 13. After they saw the fortified cities and the giants, they predicted, “We will never be able to take possession of the land. It’s impossible.” However, when Joshua and Caleb saw the same cities and people, they saw the power of God. Joshua and Caleb said, “We can certainly do this. If God is pleased with us, He will lead us into the land because the Lord is with us.” They knew that with God achieving the impossible is possible.
When I was 13 years old, my brother and I went to a St Louis Cardinal’s baseball game with our grandmother. On the way to the game, she picked up an elderly friend. I knew something was unusual when we drove up to the curb, and a uniformed man opened the car doors and said, “Good afternoon Mrs. Divine.” Then we were ushered to a special elevator and the attendant said, “Good afternoon Mrs. Divine.” Before I knew it we were escorted to a private box. I soon realized that my grandmother’s friend was the mother of Bing Divine, the General Manager of the Cardinals and we were sitting in his box. All of this special treatment was not because of who I was, but because of who was with me. Talk about the impossible!
Can you Imagine the Possibility?
Which are you -- The ten who only saw with their human eyes, or Joshua and Caleb who saw with the eyes of faith? Do you have a prediction about what God can’t do in your life or do you believe that
God has the power
to do anything he wants? God sees
for our lives that we have never imagined. God wants us to recognize that He is an expert at achieving the impossible in our lives.
Author: Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. Read the whole story in Numbers 13:1-2; 13:17-14:9.
2. What do you admire about the faith of Joshua and Caleb?
3. How does a person access the power of God?
do you need to look at through the eyes of faith?
5. How might God achieve the impossible in your life?