This morning a friend sent me a text with a verse that is familiar to anyone who has read the bible. It's an encouraging verse, but I want to dig deeper this morning in light of these words. Here is the verse and then some thoughts,
‘Ah Lord ! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,'
These words were spoken by God to the prophet as he explains what he is going to do. I think Jeremiah was in utter disbelief that what God was promising could ever happen and so these words were spoken to help the man of God with his perspective. What was the thing that made these promises possible? God used the heavens, the creation as his model for what he can do so what's the big deal about a little thing like the promise he made to Jeremiah? If God can make the heavens then nothing is too hard for him.
But, sadly, this is not the first time God has had to say these same words. Here are a few other quotes to encourage you that we are not alone in wondering if God can do the impossible things we hope for.
"Is anything too difficult for the ? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” -God to Abraham in Genesis 18
“Behold, I am the , the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” -God to Jeremiah (again) in Jeremiah 32
Thus says the of hosts, ‘If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?’ declares the of hosts." -God to Zechariah in Zechariah 8
And looking at them Jesus said to them,