How to Tackle the Impossible
“Get the facts at any price” (Proverbs 23:23 TLB).
Has someone ever asked you to do something you thought was impossible? Maybe a friend, boss, or parent came to you and wanted you to do something that seemed too big for you.
You may be facing such a request right now. You’re wondering how in the world you’ll get started.
Over the next few devotionals, I’ll share with you what the Bible says about tackling the impossible.
But let’s begin by talking about where to start.
First, don’t panic.
Follow the pattern of Daniel. In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar went to his astrologers with a desperate need for them to interpret a dream. When they couldn’t do it, he ordered that all his advisers be executed, including Daniel and his friends.
When Daniel heard the news, he tactfully asked Arioch, commander of the king's bodyguard, “why the king had issued such a harsh order. So Arioch told Daniel what had happened. Daniel went at once and obtained royal permission for more time, so that he could tell the king what the dream meant. Then Daniel went home and told his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah what had happened. He told them to pray to the God of heaven for mercy and to ask him to explain the mystery to them so that they would not be killed along with the other advisers in Babylon. Then that same night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision, and he praised the God of heaven …” (Daniel 2:15-23 TEV).
Instead of panicking, Daniel learned all the facts and sought to understand the motivation behind the king’s request. When someone asks you to do the impossible, you need to understand why. You need all the facts.
The king was scared to death. When people are panicking, they get emotional. They start making illogical requests. You need to understand why before moving ahead.
Proverbs 23:23 says it this way: “Get the facts at any price” (TLB).
So if you’re asked to do the impossible, don’t panic. First, get all the facts.
Talk It Over
How does emotion cloud your judgment when you’re under stress?
Why is it so important to understand the motivations of those asking you to do something that seems impossible?
How have you seen God work through a seemingly impossible situation?
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