MAY 9

Nothing is Too Difficult for God

Bible Reading: Jeremiah 32:16-25, 42-44

Arlington is a small town of about six hundred folks, located about fifty miles northwest of where I live.  Following the completion of the John Day Dam in the early 1960s, the town was moved to higher ground to avoid the resulting inundation.  Imagine someone trying to sell their home in the months preceding that deluge.  Who would anyone buy a home located in such a doomed place?  But that’s akin to what God called upon Jeremiah to do…

Jeremiah was called by God to prophecy regarding the impending doom that was to befall the nation of Judah.  His forty-year ministry spanned the reign of five different kings.  Despite facing fierce opposition and persecution by the false prophets and religious and political leaders, Jeremiah was faithful to his God-given task.  His message to them was clear, the Chaldeans would come against Judah, destroy Jerusalem, and take the people captive.  But God spoke also through Jeremiah of a future restoration of His people (Jeremiah chapter 31).

Jeremiah was locked up in the palace as Nebuchadnezzar was besieging Jerusalem, as the city’s destruction drew near.  The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah regarding his cousin’s proposal to sell a field in Anathoth to him (Anathoth was located a mere three miles away from the focal point of the coming destruction).  But who would venture to buy a field in a war zone?  Nevertheless, Jeremiah discerned it to be God’s will and completed the purchase.  God again spoke to Jeremiah, saying, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land” (Jeremiah 32:15).  That’s the context of Jeremiah’s prayer.

Jeremiah’s prayer includes no request, it is all praise to God for who He is and what He has done.  The amazing reality of what God had just done, in leading Jeremiah to purchase the land and thereby reassuring Jeremiah of Israel’s future restoration, led him to praise God as he did.  Jeremiah praised God as the omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth.  Jerusalem was besieged, and the powerful Chaldeans would not be deterred from destroying the city, but Jeremiah turned his focus to the all-powerful One who had created all things, for whom nothing is too difficult.  Jeremiah praised God for His steadfast love, His righteous ways, His justice, and His omniscient awareness of the ways and deeds of men.

Jeremiah recounted the workings of God in the deliverance of His people from Egypt.  In His goodness He gave to them the land.  Yet they failed to obey God’s voice or walk in His law.  As a result, God made all the disaster to come upon them, as Jeremiah said, “what you spoke has come to pass” (Jeremiah 32:24).  He concluded his prayer by recounting the event which had led him to prayer in the first place: “Yet you, O Lord God, have said to me, ‘Buy the field for money and get witnesses’—though the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans” (Jeremiah 32:25).

Ruin and restoration are a recurrent theme in the Bible.  In fact, it would be fair to say that the Bible’s message could be summarized as: Man sins (bringing ruin); God saves (bringing restoration).  And, of course, God saves to His glory!  Locked up in the court of the guard, his senses filled with the sights and sounds associated with pending calamity, Jeremiah praised God in the realization that God would one day restore His people.  Jeremiah had a signed and sealed deed, which he had put in an earthenware vessel that would “last for a long time” to reassure him in that reality (Jeremiah 32:11-14).  You, as a believer in Christ, possess something far better than a deed in a clay pot!  Having trusted in Jesus for salvation, you’ve “been sealed with the promised Holy Spirit (as) a guarantee of (your) inheritance until (you) acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).  The Spirit in you is the pledge of your inheritance.  Amidst the corruption and ruin associated with living in this sin-cursed world, you’ve got an everlasting reason to praise the One who created all things, for whom nothing is too difficult.  For He has worked to save you from your sins and assure you of a future home in heaven!  Sometimes we need, in our prayers, to just praise Him!  Just like Jeremiah!

We Pray to a God for Whom Nothing is Too Difficult

AH, LORD GOD

Ah Lord God
Thou has made the heavens
And the earth by Thy great power
Ah Lord God
Thou has made the heavens
And the earth by Thine out-stretched arm

Nothing is too difficult for Thee
Nothing is too difficult for Thee
Great and mighty God
Great in counsel and mighty in deed
Nothing, nothing, Absolutely nothing
Nothing is too difficult for Thee

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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