Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son. – Genesis 18:14
When God asked Abraham this question, it would have been difficult to answer. You and I can draw upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of Lazarus, the crossing of the Red Sea, Daniel in the lion’s den, and many, many other killer awesome stories in the Bible. Abraham and Sarah didn’t have the luxury of knowing these stories because they haven’t happened yet. When confronted with the question, “Is it too hard for God to give a couple with a combined age of almost 200 a son?” they laughed, they questioned, and honestly, they just didn’t know.
God has done so much over the course of history. He has even done so much in my own heart, mind, and life. I’m thinking back to a time when I was having to learn to trust Him. I’ve never really had a problem believing that God can and will come through for you and for others. I’ve had a tremendously hard time believing that God will come through for me. In my heart, I know that He will forgive you for anything. Yet, when I do the slightest thing wrong or I miss the mark, I wonder if He could possibly forgive me. It does not really matter how much God has done and accomplished in His Word. It doesn’t matter how many people tell you amazing stories of what God has done in their lives. Until God comes through for you on a personal level, it is so hard to believe that God loves you, will come through for you in His time, and that absolutely nothing is too hard for Him.
I remember watching my friends get married in my early 20’s. I remember being alone and wondering if I was destined to stay that way. Years later, I remember wondering why God would not allow me and my wife to have children. Years later, I remember praying for my dangerously sick child and wondering if God would heal her? In one hundred percent of these cases, God came through in a way that I will never forget. I’m so thankful for the days where I began to learn that absolutely nothing is too hard for the Lord. He has come through for me so many times now that it would be difficult to not trust Him.
Last week, I posted a WMD that I wish I had just kept to myself. In fact, I’ve been airing for a while now that I’ve been hurt. I was honestly beginning to wonder if I’d carry that hurt for the rest of my life. I had a friend tell me that I simply needed to pray for the people that hurt me. I thought about it for a while, and then I knelt down to spend some serious time with my heavenly Father. God showed me a picture of fallow ground. I honestly didn’t know what I was looking at. I researched a bit and found out that He was showing me a picture of ground that had been plowed up and prepared for planting, but the seeds were withheld this season so that fertility could be restored. He showed me that this was my heart. I saw that I was in a season of rest so that I could be restored. I saw that no one person hurt me. The ones that I thought did hurt me, God allowed me to see into their hearts. What I saw made my heart break and drove me to pray for them. I saw that all that I’m going through right now was and is ordained by God Himself. One more time, He has come through for me. One more time, I can say, “Nothing is too hard for the Lord!”
Having said all that, I want you guys to say a prayer for one of my friends. He is right now at the point where he believes in God, trusts in God, knows God can, but he is wondering if God really cares. He is wondering if God will come through for Him. I can tell my friend all day to trust in God and that, in His time, He will come through, but saying those kinds of things just doesn’t help him right now. Right now, my friend needs to experience God. He needs to feel that peace where you just feel so wrapped up in Him that you know, no matter what, that you are in His hands and that this is the safest place you will ever be.
Lord, make Yourself real to my friend. Start those one by one miracles where his trust in You begins to grow so much. You did it for me. You did it for Abraham and Sarah. You’ve done it for so many people, Lord. I know You can and will do it for my friend. I pray that you will do it for any reader today who wonders if it is too difficult for You to come through for them in their situation. Pour out miracles, signs, and wonders upon us, Lord, so that a new generation of believers will emerge who just know that You are the God who can do anything. Let us all begin to learn that there is absolutely no one like You, for You are the living God.