As Christians, we believe that God is sovereign, and Lord over the universe. We comfort ourselves with promises like Rom 8:28, that “all things work together for good for those who love God”, and we regularly [mis]quote verses like Phil 4.13 when getting ready to set out a new adventure:
We know that nothing is too difficult for God. He created the entire universe by commanding the occurrence. He has defeated armies, He has stopped the sun, and He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through on dry land. I find it very interesting, too, that many of the patriarchs had wives who were barren. Abraham was married to Sarah who was barren. His son Isaac married Rebekah who was barren. And Isaac’s son Jacob married Rachel who was barren!
God, however, touched all three women and gave them children. The crazy part about these stories, however, is that Sarah was 90 years old when she had Isaac (Scripture even says she was “beyond child bearing”). Rebekah was approximately 72 years old when she had Jacob and Esau, having been barren for 20 years, and Rachel was 36 years old when she gave birth to Joseph, after being barren for 14 years.
Yes, Sarah was by far the most dramatic example of God’s sovereignty and hand in “unnatural” childbirth, but even Rachel was barren for 14 years. Anyone nowadays who has struggled with infertility would have most likely adopted or given up the dream of a family after a few years, let alone fourteen!
But when the Lord was appearing to Abraham and Sarah and promising a child, both of them laughed. It seemed the impossible when He made the final promise that within the year Sarah would have a baby, and they were 99 and 89 years old. His response is simple and profound:
– Gen 18.14
Is anything too difficult for the Lord? We have heard the Bible stories often enough that we mentally assent that God can defeat a giant with a single stone. He can bring plagues on Egypt when they disobey His command. He can raise people from the dead. But how often do we think of Him as having intercessory power over infertility or a job search? What are the things for which we long the most, or over which we stress?
Job hunts tend to be intense. We compromise what we want and desire because we need something to pay the bills, and then when we are in our new roles we tend to be unsatisfied and longing/looking for something more.
Unexpected bills and budgets can leave us fretting, when the bank account just cannot keep up with the Jones, or the medical bills rolling in.
Failing health can cause immeasurable stress. Many of us live for years with a sense of invincibility but then they find cancer, a blood disorder or a heart disease and we are suddenly left facing the reality of death and our inability to live forever.
Nothing is too difficult for the Lord. He can put us in the most impossible situations and provide a miraculous escape. He can leave us wanting and pursuing something that He will only fulfill after a seeming eternity of effort.
God has reasons for all of these trials, and we know that they will work out for our maturity and good, and also for His glory.
God never promises to give us everything that we want and that we ask for. He does, however, promise to meet those needs He sees – which will lead to our good and His glory. Sometimes that will mean providing and preforming the impossible!
There is nothing too difficult for God.