In Context and Meaning

Context is defined as the circumstances that bring about the statement or idea. It is very important to know the context so that we understand the essence of the word that was spoken.

I have always been attached to this verse in the Bible, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37). Setting my prayers on this premise, I have led myself to believe that whatever good plans and good intentions I may have, for as long as I offer this to God in prayer, He will answer. I was wrong; totally wrong. I have perceived of the popular verse as though it is a given formula for achieving plans and prayer requests. What a wrong assumption that I had. I pray that God forgive me for imposing myself unto Him.

I come across the same Bible verse in a different edition which says: “For no word from God will ever fail.” (Luke 1:37). This one is different from the first. The importance is on the word of God and His word will not fail. So it is not what I pray for that God would answer. It is what God wants to do in my life that will not fail. It becomes a totally different approach, a different paradigm.

Digging into the same popular verse, I looked into the context of the statement. It was spoken by the Angel when he announced the conception of the Son of God in the womb of a Virgin. Mary, the Virgin, was doubting on the word of the Angel because she did not have any relations with any man. But the Angel rebutted by telling her that even her cousin, Elizabeth, who was called barren was on her 6th month of pregnancy. Then the Angel uttered this amazing assurance to Mary by saying, “For nothing is impossible with God.”

In context, the Angel was saying that whatever God plans He will make it happen and there is nothing that He will not do to complete His plan. Nothing is impossible with God. Surely, His Divine Plan will happen no matter the cost, no matter the hurdles, no matter the circumstance, no matter the complexity. He is a God who is perfect in His ways and He can do miracles.

Understanding now the context of the verse when it was said at that time by the Angel who announced the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary, I realize that –

  1. The condition for that verse to work in my life is to be attuned to God. God first.
  2. It is not what I want but what God wills for me in my life that will make that verse operational in me.
  3. I have to humble myself in obedience to God and His Will so that the Word of God, particularly Luke 1:37 is not wasted in my lifetime.

God is a merciful and loving God. He will forgive me for my ignorance and simple thoughts. May the light of faith guide me through as I go to God begging for His Will in my life.

Finding life’s meaning is an end of a new beginning.