Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Jeremiah-32-17The Verse of the Day for July 11, 2015 is found in Jeremiah 32:17 in the New Living Translation where the prophet makes this strong declaration, complete with exclamation mark:

“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!

A similar expression is used in Jeremiah 32:27, but this time the prophet raises a question:

“I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?

This occurrence is not the first usage of anything being described as “too hard” for God. Biblical scholar EW Bullinger speaks of “The Law of First Mention” which points out that the first time a word is used in the Bible often provides greater understanding of the word in its initial usage which serves as a foundation for subsequent examination of the concept. In this case, we go back to Genesis 18:14 where the question is first raised:

Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

The context, of course, is God’s promise to Abraham that he would have a son through whom Israel and the nations of the world would be blessed. This promise was fulfilled when Abram (Abraham) was 100 years old and Sarai (Sarah) was about 90. Out of such a seemingly impossible situation, the question was first raised “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?”

I recall the lyrics to a popular gospel song of the 1950s, “God Specializes”:

Got any rivers that you think are un-crossable?

Got any mountains that you cannot tunnel through?

God specializes in things called impossible

And He can do what no other power

(Holy Ghost power) can do.

The first time the question is raised “Is there anything too hard for God?” centers on the first of a number of occurrences of a woman who is past the age of childbearing and described as being “barren.” Here we find a seemingly impossible situation whereby God transforms a sterile environment into place of fruitfulness and “makes barrenness to bloom with rivers in the desert” which also illustrates the amazing power of God expressed in this poem:

Barrenness

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;

shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert.

The beast of the field shall honour me,

the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness,

and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

This people have I formed for myself;

they shall show forth my praise.

Isaiah 43:19-21

We are waiting with our eyes fixed toward open skies

That we might behold the wonders of this new thing.

From parched, lifeless places now shall it spring forth,

As you shall make a highway in the wilderness.

Even in the wasteland shall you give cool waters;

You bless and refresh with rivers in the desert.

You have formed us for yourself: for your good pleasure

You chose us and set us apart to show forth praise.

All things for your glory: even the barren womb

You have prepared to bring forth life-changing seed.

Declare the Word and thus shall it most surely be:

No word of God spoken shall be void of power.

Speak the Word only and barrenness shall vanish,

And fertile ground shall bring forth fruit in due season.

The discussion of the Verse of the Day and the accompanying lyrics and poem relate a similar message that “Nothing is too difficult for God.” The closing words of the Verse of the Day became the inspiration for one of the most popular songs of praise composed by Don Moen: “Ah, Lord God. . .” which reinforces that message.

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One Response to “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

  1. Let's Move Mountains Says:

    No its not but it’s like people are too busy wanting to be heard rather than to listen. Sad state of affairs that lead to a great demise

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