How God Helps You in Impossible Situations

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God often puts us in impossible situations. We find it frustrating, sure—but it’s never meant to be. In fact, those circumstances are meant to do just the opposite. They’re meant to encourage us.

How God Helps You in Impossible Situations

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With the Sea of Galilee in view on the Plain of Bethsaida, Jesus pointed to thousands of people and said to His twelve disciples: “You give them something to eat!” (Mark 6:37).

You can hear the frustration in the disciples’ reply: “Should we spend half a year’s wages to feed them?” Forget for a moment you’ve heard this story before.

Think instead of your current problem.

  • Your financial picture is unmanageable.
  • A close relationship has been strained for years.
  • You’ve been unemployed for much longer than you imagined.

Whatever it is you’re facing today, you face one of many impossible situations. Now go back to Jesus’ crazy command to His disciples. His solution for them is also His solution for you.

Let me show you why.

The Loaves and the Lake—Same Lesson

Jesus feeding the 5000 is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels—other than the resurrection. Why so significant?

Jesus never intended to create frustration—but rather to teach dependence. Jesus took the small amount of food they had, blessed it, and divided it sufficiently among the crowds.

Point? Dependence on Jesus, not yourself or your own resources.

Your Impossible Situations

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Then, “immediately” Jesus put His men in a boat and sent them across the Sea of Galilee . . . without Him.

Cue an unexpected storm.

Of course, they panicked and did all they could to fight the impossible tempest. Jesus showed up and calmed the storm. Notice what the Bible says:

And He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were greatly astonished, for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened (Mark 6:51-52).

They should have remembered their inadequacy with the loaves and Jesus’ power to provide.

It’s the same with us.

Yesterday and Your Impossible Situations—Same Lesson

In the same way, you and I must grasp what we learn from God in one situation applies to all circumstances.

Relate the loaves to the lake. Connect what you learn about God’s faithfulness in one area to all other areas of your life. Consider the obvious answers:

  • Does God know your needs?
  • Do you think He knows the impossible situations you face?
Miracles Disguised as Impossibilities

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Whatever your impossible situations are, the answer remains the same. You will only discover the power of God if you continually bring your inadequacies to Jesus and refuse to rely on yourself.

Miracles only occur in moments that seem for us impossible.

Miracles Disguised as Impossibilities

We should drink deeply from what Jesus promised:

With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God. —Mark 10:27

If we really believe that, we will expectantly wait for God’s power and apply yesterday’s lessons to today’s impossible situations.

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  • Kayleen ferguson

    Reconnecting our “impossible” life situations with God’s miracles is a good reminder for my daily life and my need to depend on Him!

    • It’s true for all of us, isn’t it, Kayleen?

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  • Tibor Meszaros

    What helps me face impossible situations is having a relationship with God. Knowing Him, communing with Him daily, remembering the provision, the love, the grace an mercy He provided. Sometimes in the last minute of the hour; other times against odds or any human reasoning. God might be at times early but He is never late! God’s ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not ours … yet I’ve learned never to settle for less but always aspire to grow, to embrace being stretched. I am reminded of CS Lewis drawing following analogy: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

    • That Lewis metaphor is great, Tibor. I also like the one Tozer (I think) wrote on that refers to a hidden closet that Jesus wants to open. The Navigators referred to this metaphor as “My Heart, Christ’s home.” Thanks.

  • Michelle thick

    Praying reading the word everynite. Staying in God’s presence and know he will take care of everything. Its frustrating when others dont know the love of God. When you try to communicate to others how to love each other as God does.

    • Yes, Michelle, it can be hard when the Lord hasn’t yet opened their eyes. Trust and surrender to God is the key to peace—though it can be very hard.

  • ARM BAR

    What helps me face impossible situation is only God miraculous helps,i remember about His helps for me in the past,but sometimes i’m thinking that will God helps me this time for this particular problem?,right now i’m facing a very heavy problem and it seem impossible for me to handle it,i believe that God can open that door for me,but to be honest i don’t know whether He will do that for me,that’s all about the time.

    • Today’s problems always feel like the exception to what God has done in the past. I’m there right now too in a huge way. Although the future seems daunting, I know God will lead. He will lead you too; it’s all about trusting Him and waiting on Him.

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  • Amanda

    Well I have a situation that may not be totally unique to me, but I never hear very many people talk about it. I have been married to my husband for 14 years. We were married at a young age but lucky for us, our marriage has survived many bad times and we still very much love each other. I care for him very much and he cares for me very much. The problem is we are of two different faiths. He was raised a Jehovah witness (and yes I know this particular denomination has issues biblically) and I don’t really identify with any denomination of Christianity, I just consider myself a Christian. When we were married I wasn’t really into Christianity, it was just “there” from my childhood. He was more into his faith back then then he is now. A couple of months ago I think I was given a jolt by God. I all the sudden became aware of how far away I was from him by the way I was living. So I started reading my Bible and researching different aspects of the Christian life. So I already knew that we were unequally yoked, and that I am still to live my life in a Godly way to hopefully influence my husband to become a Christian. But I have some Christians saying that it’s better to divorce. But honestly…I don’t want to leave my husband. I love him and you can’t just stop loving someone no matter how much people beat you over the head with the Bible. But that’s not the only problem, he still loves movies, wants to go out to the movies and I know I’m supposed to be distancing myself from that stuff but he gets upset when I don’t do the things we’ve always done together. To make matters even worse, I found out that we aren’t supposed to have any graven images in our house but he has Star Wars pictures and figurines, and he has bought me model horses and puzzles with images. So what am I supposed to do? I can’t just throw away his stuff, and I don’t have the heart to throw away the gifts he has given me. He loves his hobbies and wants to talk to me about them, and yet I don’t want to add fuel to the fire by influencing him to keep being obsessed with his hobbies. Sometimes I just feel like I’m doomed, like he’s doomed and nothing is going to change. I want him on my side so bad, but I can’t nag him about it. Yes, I have prayed about it. But still no answer. I feel hopeless.😔

    • it isn’t easy to read your words. I’m so sorry for your struggle. Our single source of truth, Amanda, is Scripture. When another’s advice (even other Christians’), contradicts the Bible, we ignore their advice. This is the case with what you’ve heard about leaving your husband. Scripture gives you the exact opposite command: “And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away” (1Cor. 7:13).

      As far as movies and images, the Bible gives no prohibition to Christians against those, but only warnings about not allowing these to influence you away from God. It sounds like you may be in circles that lean toward legalism, and I’d urge you to leave them and find a good church that teaches God’s Word with grace. You can begin your search here: https://www.dts.edu/maps/findachurch/

      • Amanda

        This is the link to the video that says leaving an unbelieving husband is better than being yoked to him. https://youtu.be/CaEfKhmriI4 If you wouldn’t mind, would you listen to it and give me your opinion?

        • I’m not familiar with the teacher, nor am I able to watch the entire video, Amanda. However, the Scripture I shared with you earlier has no “yeah buts” to it. If your husband isn’t an “evil” man in behavior, there really is no biblical directive for you to leave him– but instead, you have the command to stay. Every situation is varied and isn’t as simple as a few emails, so I urge you to find a good Christian counselor in your area. God’s Word is FULL of wisdom for you, but sometimes we need help finding it. And again, it’s God’s Word, not human reasoning or opinions, that form the basis of our life decisions.