"With God nothing shall be impossible." (Luke 1:37)
Sometimes important things can be lost in translation. This verse is one example of that. The word nothing fails to convey into English the fullness of its Greek beginnings. In order to get a better sense of what is being said, we first need to split the word into two words -- as in "no thing" instead of "nothing."
Next we examine the Greek word rhema, which is translated as "thing." It literally means "that which is spoken by a living voice." It refers to the power that is inherent within any thing that God says.
In fact, the full meaning of the word "nothing" would look like this if translated into English -- "Each and every thing God says; any and all words that proceed from His mouth; the whole of what He speaks, and not just a part, shall not under any circumstance of any sort be impossible in any way or at any time."
Or, as the English puts it, "With God nothing shall be impossible."
The point is both powerful, and personal. Whenever God speaks a word to your heart and places a promise upon your life -- you can take it to the bank! He will do what He has said He will do.
"God said it, and it was so." This phrase fills the first chapter of Genesis and introduces us to the God who does what He says. Even foolish Balaam has at least enough sense to state the obvious -- "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19).
So, then, what has God spoken to you? What promise has He made, what dream has He given, what hope has He placed in your heart? Whatever it is, know this for certain -- "Each and every thing God says; any and all words that proceed from His mouth; the whole of what He speaks, and not just a part, shall not under any circumstance of any sort be impossible in any way or at any time."
Never under-estimate the power of a personal word from God! That's the second of three great lessons we learn from Mary's humble response to God's amazing invitation. Lesson Three will come tomorrow.