As I think of some of the “impossible” sounding things that I pray for, I was led to Matthew 19:26 when Jesus spoke to the disciples and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
He had just talked to the rich man who wanted to know how to enter the kingdom of heaven because he had followed the laws. When Jesus said to leave behind his riches, he was sad.
Once again, what do we treasure here on earth…aka our idols? Our status, our job or our finances? The anxiety and worry that we think we can use to control and fix our problems? Where we set our minds, that is what we treasure.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6
I read the commentary in my study Bible and I liked how the author described it. “In the Bible, God gives rewards to His people according to His justice. In the Old Testament, obedience often brought reward in this life (Deut 28) but obedience and immediate reward are not always linked. If they were, good people would always be rich, and suffering would always be a sign of sin. As believers, our true reward is God’s presence and power through the Holy Spirit. Later, in eternity, we will be rewarded for our faith and service. If material rewards in this life came to us for every faithful deed, we would be tempted to boast about our achievements and act out of wrong motivations.”
I hold onto the truth of God’s Word today again, that with God all things are possible. I will choose once again to set my mind on the Spirit.