Jeremiah 32:17 New Living Translation
“O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!”
The Old Testament is filled with testimony of the goodness of God. That which may have seemed impossible was made possible by God’s mighty hand. Moses had trouble believing that he and his people would escape Egypt, even after God spoke to him from a burning bush. But he trusted God. David had doubts that he would become king over Israel even after he was anointed, but he trusted God. It wasn’t easy for Jeremiah, who was in prison at the time(v.8), to believe that buying land from his cousin Hanamel (Jeremiah 32:6-16) would represent the restoration of Israel before Babylonia even overran them and took them away into exile.
Israel had done great evil in the sight of Lord and His fury was about to be released against them. God reveals to the prophet Jeremiah their capture and their restoration, but Jeremiah had his doubts. Is there a promise from God that you are having difficulty believing will take place? Do you have doubts about His wisdom, wondering if it is practical to obey Him? Reflect back on what you already know about Him. Go over in your mind what the Lord has done in your life and in the lives of those you know and love. God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). His love never fails, however His way of achieving things may be very much different than we anticipate. We must trust Him to do that which will benefit us the most and bring Him the most glory.
It is interesting to me that in Jeremiah’s prayer to God he says: “Nothing is too hard for you!” Now glance over at verse 27 of the same chapter is see what the Lord says to the prophet in reply: “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” This is an acknowledgment that there is indeed nothing that is too hard or impossible for the Lord to accomplish for us. What God does He does for His own glory, but also for the benefit of His children. If you are one of His children, bought with the blood of Christ and forgiven of all your sins, then you can count on the fact that whatever promise you are waiting to take place will take place exactly when it needs to. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale House.