“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Genesis 18:14 (NIV)
As a typical young boy, I thought my father was the wisest, strongest man in the world. Indeed, he was intellectually gifted and unusually strong from being a farmer the first 40 years of his life. As I grew up my love for my dad increased while I developed a more accurate view of his limitations.
Our verse for today asks a rhetorical question. Instead of saying, “Nothing is too hard for our God.”, the writer poses a question that can only have one answer, an emphatic “No!” This way of writing helps reinforce the point the writer makes.
This truth is both wonderful and mysterious. First, this truth brings great comfort as we see how broken and chaotic our world really is. To quote William Cowper as he speaks of God’s sovereignty:
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.
While we may be encouraged that creation has not overcome the resources of our great God, the mere fact of chaos in a sovereign God’s world is indeed “mysterious” as Cowper puts it.
While we may not understand some of the Lord’s ways, we have confidence in Him as we look at how the Father sacrificed His beloved Son in Whom He was well pleased for us. This is why John 3:16 puts emphasis on the fact God SO loved the world, He loved the world in such a profound manner that He went to this great, and costly extent of sacrificing His beloved Son for us.
Isaac Watts put it so vividly:
See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?
No sacrifice, no suffering, no pain, has ever come close to that our Lord endured out of love for His people.
When you grow weary by looking at your problems, turn and see the cross in all its glory and be resolved to move forward in the strength of the Lord. Come to the cross, look and learn, then you shall be more than conquerors through Him Who loved us and gave Himself for us.