“But He said, ‘The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.'” Luke 18:27 (NASB)
When we leave God out of our thinking and planning, we can rest assured that we will run into difficulty. Temptation will win the victory over us, sin will seduce us, self will sway us, and the world around us will warp and twist our thinking, our living, and our planning. We will daily be faced with seeming impossibilities, and these will irritate us until we in turn become irritable and unlovely.
Unbelief will undermine our faith and we will find ourselves slipping. Our stewardship for Christ will become a worry instead of a joy. When we leave God out of our daily living, fear creeps in; fear brings torment, and “he that fears has not been made perfect in love.” [1 John 4:18].
But when our eye is singled on God, when we recognize Him as the One who is our life, in whom we live and move and have our being, then difficulties become opportunities–opportunities to trust Him, prove Him, and know Him.
“So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.” Colossians 1:10-12
“For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.
At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything!’ Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan.
But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’
At this the fellow slave fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what he owed. When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened.
Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And his master got angry and handed him over to the jailers until he could pay everything that was owed. So My heavenly Father will also do to you if each of you does not forgive his brother from his heart.”
Matthew 18:23-35 (HCSB)