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John 15:4 (NLT)

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.


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INL September 13, 2002
Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?

  God promised Abraham and Sarah a son through whose offspring the world would be blessed. However, they had some problems seeing the promise come to pass in their lives. It was about 25 years later that an angel came and told Abraham that the promise was now within about nine months of fulfillment (Genesis 18:10). By this time they were both well stricken in age, and Sarah laughed when she heard the statement. She laughed thinking that they were just too old for it to happen. The Lord then spoke to Abraham and confronted her thinking with the question, Is any thing too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14)

  When God delivered His people from the bondage in Egypt, He provided manna, bread from heaven for them. However, they soon became discontent and grumbled because they got tired of the miraculous manna and wanted meat to eat. Well, God promised to give them meat for an entire month and told Moses to deliver the message (Numbers 11:18-20). Although Moses heard the word of promise, his unbelief stopped him in his tracks. Moses could not see how God could possibly do as He said. His response to God was:

Numbers 11:21,22:
The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

  Gods response to Moses also came in the form of a question. He asked in Numbers 11:23, Is the Lords hand waxed short? Then He assured him, Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.

  Like Moses, sometimes we all need our thinking challenged. When it comes to the power of God in our lives, has the Lords hand waxed short? Is He unable to deliver? Are things simply outside of the realm of possibility when it comes to His participation or intervention in our lives?

  Our response to that question will be shaped by our belief in Who God really is. Is He the One He declares Himself to be in His Word, or is He just something we imagine Him to be? Jeremiah had an accurate knowledge of God, and he said, Ah Lord GOD! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee. (Jeremiah 32:17) Similarly Jesus when teaching his disciples about Gods ability to deliver said, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

  Certainly the creation testifies to the glory and power of God (Romans 1:20). The deliverance of Israel from the bondage in Egypt is also used as an example of Gods great power to deliver (Deuteronomy 4:32-37). Recognizing Gods hand in history, as recorded in His Word, assures us of His involvement in our day and time, since He is the Lord God Who changes not.

  The next time our five senses tries to deceive us into thinking that there is no help for us in the Lord, why not challenge our thinking with the question, Is any thing to hard for the Lord? Recalling His deliverance to Abraham and Sarah and how mightily He led His people out of Egypt ought to fortify our confidence that with Him all things are possible. When we are tempted to think that God cannot we should confidently assert that He can. When it comes to His promise, remember, Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (I Thessalonians 5:24)

  Although Abraham had some difficulty appropriating Gods promises, he eventually overcame the difficulties and believed to receive. How many of us would still persevere after about twenty five years? Abraham was not belittled by God for his apparent trouble in receiving the promise. Rather, he was called the father of all them that believe (Romans 4:11). Just how did Abraham do it?

Romans 4:19-21:
And being not weak in faith
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

  Abraham gave glory to God. He acknowledged His might and majesty. He affirmed Gods ability to do as He promised. When it comes to God we should sever the words impossible and cannot from our vocabularies for these words do not apply to Him. He does whatever He pleases (Psalms 115:3), and what He is pleased to do He declared in His Written Word.

  Let us, like Abraham, be fully persuaded that what God promised, He is able also to perform. Spending time in His Word saturating our minds with what He has done for His people throughout history, can only help us acknowledge His ability to perform His good, acceptable, and perfect will for us today.

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