“And though the city will be given into the hands of the Babylonians, You, Sovereign Lord, say to me, ‘Buy the field with silver and have the transaction witnessed.’ Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?’” (Jeremiah 32:25-27)
With our lips, we proclaim that God is a miracle worker. We point to events in the Bible like Moses parting the Red Sea, Daniel in the lion’s den, and Jesus walking on water. If asked about God’s ability, we’d immediately say, “Nothing is too hard for God.”
But many of us have faced times when this belief has been challenged, and we’ve wondered, “Can God really do the impossible?”
Jeremiah was in prison because he prophesied that the Babylonians would conquer Jerusalem. As the siege was happening at the city gates, God told Jeremiah to purchase land outside the city that he would have no opportunity to possess because the enemy had already taken control of it. Jeremiah immediately obeyed and bought the field in front of witnesses. He professed God’s past miracles for the people of Israel and then prayed to gain an understanding of why God would ask him to make such a seemingly foolish purchase.
Even though he was unclear about God’s reasoning, Jeremiah’s obedience pointed to his overall faith and belief that God would one day fulfill His promise to restore the purchased land to the Israelites. Therefore, he not only proclaimed what God could do, but he lived out his life in a way that gave an emphatic NO to the question, “Is anything too hard for God?”
Just as God didn’t directly answer Jeremiah’s question, He may not always answer ours. But we can trust that God’s ways are higher than our own; they won’t always make sense in our finite minds. And, even when we don’t see the desired result, God can and will use our obedience, our lived-out faith, to point others to Him and fulfill His amazing purpose!
So, when the impossible is looming, just remember — nothing is too hard for God!
Lord, NOTHING is too difficult for You! Let that prayer fill my heart and mind that there may be no space for doubt or disobedience! Amen.