I am a radio sound engineer. That’s my day job. I should say my early morning job. How I got that job, I have no idea. You have to be pretty focussed and think quickly on your feet. You have to constantly be thinking about what could go wrong and fix problems that come up so that you don’t go off air. I remember the first time a radio emergency happened in my job. I was panicking. I yelled out, “I can’t do it!” “I don’t know what to do”. I don’t remember what went wrong. I probably accidentally played the wrong song on the radio air waves. But my producer looked at me and said, “yes you can”. Because she was there and she said that to me, I did do the impossible.
Yes. You Can.
Did you know that’s what God says to us. Think about that impossible situation. Your kids aren’t going back to school. Your job has been laying people off and making your work load so heavy. You’re worried about a parent who is elderly. There’s so many impossible situations we are now facing.
In 1 Corinthians 15:10 we find Paul talking about his life. He is comparing himself to the other church leaders. This chapter of 1 Corinthians is about the resurrection. He reminds the church about what a miracle this all is. I was struck by verse 10. Paul shares how God has worked in his life. He’s looking back and saying I am who I am because of God’s grace. HE has done the impossible in my life. Yes, I have worked hard, but it’s the grace of God in me.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”1 Corinthians 15:10
The God of the universe is saying “you can do this”. You can, but not because of your abilities, or your power, or your strength. It’s because God is present with you and through His grace he will help you with those trials, and tests. At the same time He is continuing to grow and change you to be more like Him. He will help you with the impossible.