I’m feeling really discouraged today thinking about how as we’ve prayed for Jahar, he’s actually gotten far deeper into Islam and learning about how basically all he reads is Islamic books that people send him thinking that they’ll help him. I know these people have good intentions in sending the books because they think the books will give him hope and strength and purpose, but as a Christian, I can’t help but be grieved by it, knowing what it is that Jahar truly needs. He’s striving to please Allah so he can maybe earn Paradise while God is freely offering him assurance of salvation through what Christ has already earned for him.
I know that nothing is impossible with God, but logistically I just don’t see how Jahar’s going to come to Christ when all he’s ever exposed to all day every day in that cell is Islam. But I suppose that puts me in the same position as so many people in biblical times.
I’m sure when Jesus said He could feed the crowd of thousands with five fish and two loaves of bread, the crowd thought, “But that’s impossible!”
I’m sure when Jesus told the lame man to rise up and walk, the bystanders thought, “But that’s impossible!”
I’m sure when Jesus told Lazarus to come out of the tomb, Lazarus’s friends and family gathered there thought, “But that’s impossible!”
And I’m sure when Jesus told His disciples that He would be killed and on the third day would rise from the dead, His disciples thought, “But that’s impossible!”
Now here I am praying for Jahar’s salvation and hearing voices in my head say, “But that’s impossible!”
Yet, the crowd was fed, the lame man walked, Lazarus walked out of the tomb, and Jesus is alive.
And Jahar can be raised to new life in Christ, no matter how impossible it seems.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”
– Matthew 19:26