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Nahum 2:2 NIV

The LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines.

When the Assyrians attacked their enemies, they made sure the destruction they waged was permanent. When a vine is irreparably damaged, at first it grows diminished clusters of smaller grapes. As time goes on, the vine is no longer able to nourish the grapes, and soon they fall to the ground, useless. This kind of destruction is slow and cruel. Nothing is more devastating than seeing that your situation is permanent and realizing that no matter how much work you put in, no chance remains for recovery or growth. Your situation becomes a prison without the bars.

Many who have come before you have believed that their situation could not change or be reversed. Some women who were told they could never have children are mothers. Some people who were told they had a short time to live are still here, and some people have witnessed everything they owned being burned to the ground, yet they have recovered.

When you face something that is far bigger than you, like a Red Sea or a diagnosis, a giant named Goliath or the IRS, a fiery furnace or the loss of a business, walls like Jericho or a failing marriage, a lion’s den or mental illness, a valley of dry bones or a loved one’s sickness, a pot with no more oil in it or financial difficulty, then I would like to suggest that it’s time for you to go to the One who can part the waters, send ravens with food, bring down a giant, cool a fire, topple city walls, shut a mouth, bring a graveyard back to life, heal a sick child, and keep a widow’s food supply secure during a famine.

We all like to be self-sufficient and feel able to handle anything that comes our way, but the time comes for all of us when we have to realize that some jobs are above our paygrade. If you’re facing something “impossible,” may you have the courage to fall on your knees and ask God for help; for all things are possible with Him.

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