A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Return”
What comes to mind when you hear the word incredible? Perhaps we might think about Lucas Wilson, who set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest escape from a straight jacket—a startling 19.2 seconds. According to John Webster’s definition of incredible (too extraordinary and improbable to be believed), this would certainly meet the requirements.
In Zechariah 8:6, God puts a twist on our definition of the word: “Though it may seem incredible to the remnant of this people in those days, should it also seem incredible to Me?” In this passage, God is making it clear that nothing is too difficult for God to accomplish.
For the Jews, the very idea of returning to Jerusalem seemed impossible. But that’s just the thing about God. He uses the unbelievable and improbable things in this world to prove His mighty power.
In Deuteronomy 7:7, God told the Jews that He chose them “not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.” Paul also received this message: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).
When it comes to God’s record-breaking ability, time and time again He proves that nothing is too difficult for Him to accomplish. From the beginning of Scripture to its final conclusion, God continually raises the question “Is anything impossible for the LORD” (Gen. 18:14)?
Pause and Reflect
• Read Zechariah 8. Why is God’s power mentioned in connection to His plan to save His people? What does this say about God? What does this say about God’s plan for restoration?
• For what reasons should the word impossible be excluded from a Christian’s vocabulary?