There is Nothing too Hard For God

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Omnipotent

After making everything official and the papers are notarized concerning the land he just purchased (v. 16), Jeremiah breaks out into prayer and praise (v. 17): “Ah Lord God! behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. And there is nothing too hard for you.” Jeremiah knew that God was omnipotent and that He could do anything He wanted. Since He created the heavens and the earth, He can literally do anything. He then recounts some highlights from history that demonstrated God’s omnipotence (vv. 18-24). Jeremiah reminds himself of the God of power who made the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too hard for the One who has done great wonders among mankind, and whose miracles stand embedded in history.

Now it seems that, Jeremiah begins to have some doubts about this purchase of property (vv. 25-26). He’s probably thinking, this is crazy! What did I just do? This makes no sense at all. In verse 27, God answers his prayer and addresses his doubts rather dramatically when He urges Jeremiah to have greater faith by taking up the prophet’s own statement in verse 17: “nothing is too hard for you.” He then asks Jeremiah in the form of a question, Jeremiah, do you really believe what you have just said? “Is there anything too hard for me?”

Application

I’m a candidate for God’s power. All I need to do is admit that I’m weak and needy. Based upon today’s passage God’s power will come flooding into my life. When I get out of the way, and let God have control, His power will flow!

Jeremiah 32:16-27 (English Standard Version)

"After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD, saying: 'Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you. You show steadfast love to thousands, but you repay the guilt of fathers to their children after them, O great and mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man, rewarding each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds. You have shown signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and to this day in Israel and among all mankind, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day. You brought your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror. And you gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. And they entered and took possession of it. But they did not obey your voice or walk in your law. They did nothing of all you commanded them to do. Therefore you have made all this disaster come upon them. Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it. Yet you, O Lord GOD, have said to me, "Buy the field for money and get witnesses"--though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.'" The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?"

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