An impossible assignment
It’s interesting to note that whenever the Lord promises He would be with someone, it is always connected to an impossible assignment.
God promised Moses that he would be with him after giving him the assignment to lead Israel out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. God promised Joshua he’d be with him after giving him the assignment to lead Israel into Canaan. God promised Gideon that he’d be with him after being given the assignment to deliver Israel from the oppressive hand of the Midianites. And then in the New Testament, Jesus promised he’d be with the disciples after given them the assignment to take the gospel to the world.
A staggering implication
The implication of the promise of God being with us is staggering. Something is always expected from us when God is revealed to be with us. It requires something from us—the invasion into the impossible.
It is a mistake to think God is with us simply to comfort and/or encourage. He is also present to make possible the impossible task in front of us! One of my favorite verses, one that has had the most impact on me, has to do with Jesus, the eternal Son of God:
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)
This verse reveals that Jesus healed and delivered all who came to Him because, “God was with Him.” This verse also shows us that it was the same for Jesus as it was for the heroes of faith mentioned above. When God is with someone, that person is expected and enabled to invade the impossible.
This helps us to connect with our God-given assignment by realizing and discovering that if God is with us, the impossible is possible. This should ignite our hearts to invade the impossible in His Name and for His glory—for God is truly with us!