God is Able
No matter what situation you are in, it may be out of your control but it's not out of God's control. When you face a dead-end you don't focus on what you can't do, you focus on what God can do.
- 17 "Abraham believed in God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing."
There are two things God does that you can't do -- God can give life to the dead and He can create something out of nothing. That's the definition of a miracle. First God can give life to something that's dead. If He can give life to a dead human being He can give life to a dead career. He can bring life to that dead marriage. He can bring life to that dead dream. He can bring life to that financial dead-end. He can create something out of nothing. God doesn't need anything to work with.
"Abraham believed in God who gives life to the dead and who creates something out of nothing." (vs. 17 LB)
It wasn't just positive thinking that Abraham believed in. I recommend positive thinking because, what's the alternative? Negative thinking doesn't work. But positive thinking is not faith. They are two very different things. Positive thinking works fine in situations you have control over. If you just need an attitude change I recommend positive thinking. Christians ought to be the most positive people in the world. Positive thinking works fine in situations you can control.
But in situations that are out of your control positive thinking is worthless. It's just wishful thinking. It's being positive but it doesn't change the situation. It has no power on things you can't control.
When you face things that are out of your control you need something more than a positive mental attitude. You need faith in God because He can control it when you can't. Most of life is beyond your control. So you need faith far more than you need positive thinking.
Luke 18:27 "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
God specializes in the impossible. You can put your faith in Him.