“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” – Luke 18:27
This week during Vacation Bible School we will study people who put their faith in the Lord, and because of their faithfulness, they were able to see that truly nothing is impossible with God. Our studies will include Joshua & Caleb, Rahab, Gideon and Peter. Each of these folks faced incredible odds, but they were successful, not because of anything they themselves did, but because of the God they chose to honor and serve.
Joshua and Caleb were 2 of 12 spies, and they chose to stand with the Lord even though the other 10 gave into their own fear. God rewarded Caleb and Joshua for their faith. “So the men Moses had sent to explore the land, who returned and made the whole community grumble against him by spreading a bad report about it—these men who were responsible for spreading the bad report about the land were struck down and died of a plague before the Lord. Of the men who went to explore the land, only Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh survived.” – Numbers 14:36-38
Rahab was a Gentile prostitute, but she feared and respected the God of the Israelites. When Joshua sent spies into Jericho, Rahab protected and hid them from her own king and asked God’s people for protection in the coming battle. God rewarded Rahab and her family by saving them from an impossible situation. “On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent.” – Joshua 6:15-17
Gideon was a coward and the son of an idol worshipper, but all that changed when he had an encounter with the Lord. God used him and a small army of 300 to defeat the Midianites. “Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace forty years.” – Judges 8:28
Peter was an uneducated fisherman, but God used him to share the story of Jesus and His resurrection with the world. Peter witnessed many acts that would have been impossible without God’s intervention, including his own angelic rescue from death row. “Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” – Acts 12:11
All these people experienced first hand that all things are possible for the God of Heaven, and the Holy Spirit has shared those experiences with us through the Word of God.
Join us this week as we celebrate the power of God.