UNDERSTAND that there is ‘NOTHING’ too HARD for our GOD!
August 17 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 31-33
“I (Jeremiah) prayed to the Lord, saying: ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You’...Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?’” (Jer. 32:16-17, 26-27)
In 588 B.C., the enemy forces were encamped around the city of Jerusalem, and were ready to attack them at any moment and Jerusalem’s fall seemed imminent to everyone. It was at this time that God commanded Jeremiah to purchase a piece of land property in Anathoth from his cousin (vv. 6-7) for seventeen shekels of silver (v. 9). Even though Jeremiah realized that the end of the city was near (v. 2); his action in purchasing land was a remarkable demonstration of faith in God that the people of Judah would return one day to their land. This was a symbolic action by Jeremiah as it demonstrated the certainty of his prophecies that God would ultimately deliver the land of Israel from the hand of the enemy and establish His kingdom forever.
However, right after purchasing the land, Jeremiah started having second thoughts. He immediately voiced out his concerns through a prayer as he could not understand why God would ask him to purchase the property with the immediate destruction of the city in sight. The above referenced passage is part of the earnest prayer that prophet Jeremiah made to God, and the direct answer that he received from God immediately. In his prayer Jeremiah began by focusing on the incomparable greatness and majesty of God’s character, which were displayed in His deeds throughout Israel’s history, and then exclaimed: “There is nothing too hard for You!” (v. 17) as his faith rested on God’s ability to deal with the siege of Jerusalem!
God replied by using Jeremiah’s own words (compare vs. 27 to vs. 17) as He comforted His prophet by reassuring him that although the city will be destroyed, there will one day be a restoration. God answered Jeremiah by first reminding him of His character. As Jeremiah had said, nothing is “too hard” for God. Jeremiah could depend on God’s word even though he didn't understand how it would be fulfilled. Thus, Jeremiah’s obedience and faith is an example for us to follow in similar circumstances!
God has stated multiple times in Biblical history that there is nothing that is too hard for Him. God made this statement to Abraham when his wife Sarah laughed by herself in disbelief that she was to give birth to a baby in her old age. God said: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Gen. 18:14) The angel of God also stated in similar terms to the young Mary: "For with God nothing will be impossible" (Luke 1:37) in that she would conceive and bear God’s Son even though she was a virgin. There are numerous examples in the Biblical history to prove that there is nothing too hard for God to do, and to make the case, a few notable ones are listed below:
- Creation of the entire universe in six days (Gen. 1-2)
- Isaac born to a 90-year old Sarah and a 100-year old Abraham (Gen. 21:7)
- God dividing the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through (Ex. 14:21-31)
- God feeding heavenly food to Israelites for 40 years (Ex. 16:14-35)
- Earth opening up to swallow Korah and the 250 rebels (Num. 16:32-45)
- God dividing the river Jordan for the Israelites to cross over (Josh. 3:14-17)
- The earth's rotation stops for one day at Joshua's command (Josh. 10:12-14)
- Fire coming down from heaven for Elijah (1 Kings 18:19-39; 2 Kings 1:10-12)
- Elijah ascending to heaven in a fiery chariot (2 Kings 2:11)
- Jesus Christ being born of a Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23, 25; Luke 1:35)
- Jesus changing water into wine (John 2:1-11)
- Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:38-44)
- Multiplication of bread and fish to feed many (Matt 14:15; 15:32)
- Jesus walking on the water (Matt 14:25)
- Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (Matt 17:1-8)
- Resurrection of Jesus Christ from a sealed and guarded tomb (John 21:1-14)
- Ascension of Jesus Christ publicly to heaven (Luke 2:42-51)