«For with God nothing will be impossible» (Luke 1:37).
For many years, I coordinated the cultural exchange program at Stanborough Adventist School in England. As we received hundreds of Brazilian students each year, I got used to Portuguese. Over time, I was able to understand everything the students said (but, with a lot of mischief, I didn’t confess my skill to them until the last day of school). Invariably, as soon as the students learned that I could understand Portuguese, they asked me to speak to them in Portuguese, as well. However, when I tried to speak Portuguese, the students burst out laughing. As every language teacher knows, there is a big difference between understanding a word and being able to pronounce it or use it correctly in a sentence.
Sometimes we hear others talk about their experiences of faith, and we even manage to understand what they are saying. However, when life confronts us with a situation in which we ourselves have to speak the language of faith, it seems that we are speechless. «When we use logic instead of faith, [the word] ‘impossible’ becomes our defeatist language. . . . When we say that something is ‘impossible,’ we do not allow ourselves to [develop] the relational dialogue [with God] that would prove otherwise,» wrote Christian author Graham Cooke in his article «Identity Accelerates the Impossible.»
I like this idea of maintaining a fluid dialogue with God to develop the language of faith. When we label something as unattainable, we basically avoid that conversation (like the one who refuses to speak in a second language for fear of being embarrassed).
The «impossible» is nothing more than a boundary line that marks off the point where our ability ends and that of God continues. He has no borders! «The language of every relationship is the vocabulary of trust,» Cooke wrote. «God uses the situations of our lives to expand the terminology of the kingdom.»
Dare today to practice the language of faith! Use each challenge to expand your kingdom vocabulary and fluidity in it.
Dear Lord, I want to speak the language of faith today. Give me Your perspective when I face various challenges! Anoint my lips so that every word I utter may show that I serve the Lord, the Almighty, the God of heavenly hosts. Amen.