Nothing is too hard for you

Jeremiah-32--17In the Old Testament, Jeremiah prays to the Lord, and the Verse of the Day for July 11, 2016 is part of the prophet’s prayer for understanding:

Jeremiah 32:17 (NKJV):

‘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.

Later in the same chapter the word of the Lord comes to Jeremiah in the form of a rhetorical question which is, in reality, a different expression of the statement from his prayer

Jeremiah 32:27 (NKJV)

 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

In actuality, this question is first raised in Genesis in the midst of a seemingly impossible situation whereby Abraham and Sarah are informed that they will produce a son, despite the fact that they are both well advanced in age, with Sarah “being past childbearing.” In response to the news, Sarah laughs as Genesis 18:14-15 (NKJV) notes:

And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

These particular verses also bring to mind other scriptures that speak of the awesome power of God. These verses say the same thing but in different ways, that nothing is too hard for God.  In one place in the Gospels, Jesus Christ states “. . . with God all things are possible.” In another place, the Word declares, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” The Amplified Bible renders Luke 1:37 in this way:

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

As I acknowledged that the two verses express the same concept but in different ways, I thought of a principle from Geometry: “Things equal to the same thing are equal to each other.” These verses also inspired this poem:

No Matter How You Phrase It

And Jesus looking upon them said,   

With men it is impossible, but not with God:     

for with God all things are possible       

Mark 10:27

 

For with God nothing shall be impossible. 

Luke 1:37

 

 There is none like God who never fails to come through:

Whether you say “With God all things are possible”

Or say “With God nothing shall be impossible.”

No matter how you phrase it, the Word is still true.

As those who observe the times, we wisely surmise

That the Prince of Peace ascended to end all strife,

Leading captive even death to release new life.

Just as from ashes beauty and splendor arise,

We boldly declare the Word of God and assert

The Providence of an all-wise Father who makes

Barrenness to bloom with rivers in the desert.

With the Word of Life, even death itself awakes.

We seek to walk in wisdom and number our days,

Humbly discerning that His ways are not our ways.

The line “Just as from ashes beauty and splendor arise” brings to mind the verse which says, “God gives beauty for ashes.” Did you know that ashes under extreme heat and pressure form gemstones, and that diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and such come from ashes?  You see this with many of the volcanoes that erupt: when they settle and cool, you find beautiful gems at the base.  In a similar way, watch God turn what seems to be a total disaster into a magnificent triumph.

Presently our nation faces challenges that unfold in staggering proportions that seek to overwhelm and leave us physically and emotionally exhausted. Without question we are living in the last days, as, indeed, perilous times have come, times that are difficult to deal with. In the midst of such difficult days, we receive strength and encouragement from the Word of God that reminds us 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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