C.T. Studd

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”

— Luke 1:37

Do you face a difficulty today that seems impossible to resolve? For a bit of encouragement, consider one of God’s choice servants who believed that God would accomplish the impossible for him.

C.T. Studd was born in England into great wealth and was educated at Cambridge. While at university, Studd became the premier cricket player in all of Great Britain. He then devoted his life to Christ and the mission field, becoming one of the greatest missionaries ever.

Studd set sail for China in 1885. Upon his arrival, this English aristocrat resolved to become Chinese. He donned a Chinese robe, shaved his head (all but a pigtail), and lived like the poorest of the Chinese. Through this experience he learned a great lesson: He could trust God to provide for all of his needs. God used Studd mightily in China, bringing many to Christ.

After years of loyal service in China, Studd felt the Lord calling him to India. This was remarkable, for seldom does a missionary go from one great field to another. Studd’s father had made a fortune seeking gold in India; now the son wanted to seek souls for Christ. So Studd labored hard for Christ in India. After six years his health began to wane, so he returned home to England. But even his failing health couldn’t impede the vision God had given him. Against the wishes of family, friends, and his doctor, Studd set sail for Africa, not once but twice. There, just as he had done in other lands, he brought many to the living Savior.

C.T. Studd was a man of great faith. He wasn’t interested in pursuing things that seemed possible; He believed that God would do impossible things through him. What a difference each one of us could make if we, too, remembered that nothing is impossible for God. As you face challenges beyond your strength and abilities, keep this old saying in mind: “God and I can do anything God can do alone.”

“Christ wants not nibblers of the possible,
but grabbers of the impossible.”
C.T. Studd