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Nothing Is Too Hard for God
Sarah Was Barren
In Genesis 18, Sarah overheard a conversation with God and Abram when God told Abram he would have a son. Sarah laughed for three reasons:
- She was barren; that means she had never had children.
- She was old and beyond child-bearing years.
- Her husband was old and his body was dead.
Sarah did have a son and she named him "Isaac" which means "laughter." Sarah discovered that there is nothing too hard for God.
God approached Abram and talked to him about Sarah laughing. Then, God Himself asked the rhetorical question in Genesis 18:14: “Is Anything Too Hard for God?”
Others Women Who Were Barren
Sarah was not the only woman who was old and barren and wanted a child. It was a disgrace for women to be childless during biblical times.
Other women wanted God to open up their wombs.
- Hannah was barren.
- Rebekah was barren.
- Rachel was barren.
- Samson's mother was barren.
- Michal, David's wife, was barren.
- Elizabeth was barren.
Jeremiah told us the answer to the question, "Is anything too hard for God." He said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (Jeremiah 32:17)
How could Jeremiah make that claim?
Jeremiah was a prophet called by God. He lived his life for God. The time Jeremiah made this claim was when all of Israel was in slavery in Babylon. What he was seeing would make the average person this something was too hard for God. The city was in ruin. God told Jeremiah to buy land at a time when there were no people to live on it. With the confidence that God would bring His chosen people back home, Jeremiah made that claim that “Nothing is too hard for God.”
Moses killed an Egyptian. He escaped to Median. Forty years later God called him from a burning bush and told him to go back to Egypt to lead the people away from Pharoah. Moses thought it was too hard for him. He made all sorts of excuses. But Moses found out that there is nothing too hard for God.
- Moses' Excuses and God's Assurances
When God called Moses from the burning bush, Moses gave God five distinct excuses. For each excuse Moses gave, God gave Moses His assurance.
Joshua thought it was too hard for God to guide him to follow in Moses' footsteps. Joshua was mourning the death of Moses. He was down on his face praying and crying out to God. God told him, “My servant Moses is dead. Get up off your face and lead my people into the Promised Land. Did they go into the promised land? Yes, they did! There is nothing too hard for God.
Throughout the Psalms, David cried out to the Lord night and day. Tears became his pillow. His tongue was at the roof of his mouth. At the end of each psalm, David was convinced that nothing was too hard for God.
- Psalm 91: The Christian Emergency Psalm
PSALM 91 is one of trust and confidence in God. Some people say Psalm 91 is the Christian’s Emergency Psalm for the Christians who trust God exclusively and dwell in the safety of God.
Esther was faced with this same question: "Is anything too hard for God?" Esther was a Jew and the queen in a palace where it would be death if the king did not stretch out his golden scepter to allow her to come in and speak.
Knowing that all the Jews were in danger of murder, Esther believed that nothing was too hard for God. She went to see the king saying, “If I perish, I perish, but I’m going to see the king.” God proved Himself mightily once again and the Jewish nation was spared. Why? Because nothing is too hard for God.
Did Jesus think anything was too hard for God? Of course not! Jesus always knew that He came to do the will and work of His Father. He always looked to heaven and prayed that God would guide Him. When healing people, He depended on God. When teaching His disciples and others, He depended on God. When preaching, Jesus depended on God. When delivering and making people whole, Jesus depended on God.
Jesus knew nothing was too hard for God. Here is the ultimate proof that nothing is too hard for God. On the night of Jesus’ arrest, He went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray that He would not have to drink of the bitter cup. But He did say, "Let thy will be done." Jesus had confidence in His Father. Jesus depended on His Father. Jesus knew that God was His Father, and nothing was too hard for God.
Jesus did go to trial. On that Friday, Jesus died on the cross. Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb. But on the third day, God raised Him from the dead. There is nothing too hard for God.
Jesus descended into hell and set the captives free. He did take three things while he was in hell.
- He took the sting out of death.
- He took the victory out of the grave.
- He took the keys away from the devil.
Jesus ascended into heaven where He is making intercessions for us so that we too, might say most assuredly, "Nothing is too hard for God."
Nothing is too hard for God!
What about YOU? Do you think anything is too hard for God?
- Depressed? Oppressed? God can set you free. There is nothing too hard for God.
- When health is failing, do you remember by His stripes you are healed? Do you remember there is healing power in the hem of His garment?
- When you are having financial problems, can you say "My God shall supply all my needs"? Do you believe God has cattle on a thousand hills? Do you believe you are the seed of Abraham?