1 Cor 2:9
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
That short passage of scripture has the whole future of the world wrapped up in it. I don’t believe it is only speaking of when we get to Heaven. I believe it includes things that God has prepared for us here in the earth. Let’s look at some examples of things that were “impossible,” but when God and one man are involved together, it’s not so impossible after all, for with God, all things are possible. Meditate on the following list of faith heroes and what they did. Their stories are inspiration for us.
Noah was moved with fear and built an ark to save his household when there had never been rain on the earth. It took a hundred years while he built and warned the inhabitants of the earth of what was coming. Of course, we know that because of the great sin on the earth, no one took it seriously and Noah and his family were the only ones who were saved to start the human race over again. I am grateful for Noah’s faith, for without it, none of us would be here.
Abraham was told to “count the stars….so shall your descendants be”… God changed his inner image because the promise was that he would be a “father of many nations.” Abraham grew to old age with no child, but every time he looked at the stars or was walking in the sand dunes, he could remember that promise. It looked IMPOSSIBLE.
Sarah received strength to conceive a child at 90 years of age…it looked IMPOSSIBLE.
Joseph had dreams as a young man that his family would bow down to him. He suffered through many things, being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, then put in prison after a false accusation. He eventually saw that dream come to pass and was able to save his entire family from famine. While he was a slave in prison in for many years, it all looked IMPOSSIBLE, but Joseph never gave up.
Moses was miraculously saved from death by his parents of faith who defied the Pharaoh’s edict to kill their babies. He was raised in Pharaoh’s house, but eventually chose to suffer affliction with the people of God…he assumed they knew he was there to deliver them. Acts 7:25 “For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, (when he was 40) but they did not understand.” When he had to flee Egypt and was in the desert for 40 years, it looked IMPOSSIBLE that his desire to rescue the Israelites would ever happen. When God called him to go back to Egypt, it looked IMPOSSIBLE that Pharaoh would let them leave. But you know the rest of the story.
Gideon, the least of his household, obeyed God with only 300 men and defeated the Midianites who were enslaving his people and stealing their crops. It looked IMPOSSIBLE that he could defeat an army “too numerous to number” with so few, but God.
Jeremiah was told by God to purchase land because Israel would be coming back just as they were going into captivity for the prophesied 70 years into Babylon. It looked IMPOSSIBLE. Jeremiah 31:1-25. Jeremiah purchased property in an occupied war zone. “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. Jeremiah 31-17
Isaiah was the only prophet who forecast that a virgin would conceive (Isaiah 7:14)….that was IMPOSSIBLE!
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was told by the angel that she was appointed to be the mother of the savior of the world. She was an unwed virgin, but said “Be it done unto me according to your word,” disregarding the shame of being unwed and pregnant, a crime for which she could have been stoned. A virgin conceiving a child?….IMPOSSIBLE. But it happened.
God speaks his plans into the earth to men. Men have to grab onto that plan and believe it, no matter how IMPOSSIBLE it looks. What would have happened if any of these heroes of faith had given up? I believe our world would be much different. Do we give up too easily when the going gets tough? Are we committed to seeing the plans of God come to pass in our world today?
According to 1 Corinthians 2:9, God has more for us than we could EVER IMAGINE!!! Open up your heart and be ready for what He wants to show you.