When God Demands the Impossible

“Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.” Ezekial 19:30-32

In the above verse we see a classic example of God commanding us to do something we simply cannot. When I read this recently everything inside me yelled out “but I CANT do that God!” How can I create ANYTHING, let alone a new heart and spirit within me? And then it struck me. God urges us to do the impossible so that we will turn to him in desperation and plead with him to do for us what he has commanded. So, we see for example David praying,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

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