Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”
- Who asked our title question? It was the LORD Himself, asking Abraham about Sarah’s doubting laughter.
- And it is also found asked by God to Jeremiah, when comforting him with Israel’s recovery (Jer 32:27).
- Our church, as any church of saints, has needs of all sorts – but we trust the living God Who is most able.
- The life of faith is defined in Hebrews 11:6, where we must believe two fundamental things to please God.
- The things written before – the Old Testament – were written for our learning to give us hope (Rom 15:4).
- This is why we read Bible stories to our children – to build faith in God’s ability and desire to bless (Ex 10:1-2; 13:11-16; Deut 4:7-10; Joshua 4:1-8,20-24; Ps 44:1-8; 71:17-18; 78:1-8; 145:4-7; Isaiah 38:19).
- A widow of Zidon and her only son were planning their last meal (I Kings 17:8-16).
- A prophet’s widow had a hard financial problem with just a little oil (II Kings 4:1-7).
- Don’t doubt the LORD’s ability, even in the worst circumstances (II Kings 6:24 – 7:20).
- God challenges men to try Him for a blessing they cannot receive (Malachi 3:8-12).
- The LORD is able to see and value your financial situation and faith (Luke 21:1-4).
- God rejuvenated Abraham’s reproductive power for many more years (Genesis 25:1-2).
- Naaman the Syrian had leprosy, so God used a little captive servant girl (II Kgs 5:1-14).
- A woman, whom doctors only made poor and worse, was easily healed (Mark 5:25-29).
- A man infirmed for 38 years was healed without the therapy that he sought (John 5:1-9).
- Jesus healed many personally, but the world could not contain them all (John 20:30-31).
- Jacob was deceived by Laban, who also changed his wages ten times (Genesis 31:1-42).
- Joseph had setbacks, but God took care of him (Gen 39:1-6,19-23; 40:1-23; 41:37-45).
- David faithfully tended his father’s sheep, so God promoted him to king (Ps 78:70-72).
- Daniel had setbacks, but God took care of him (Daniel 1:9,17-21; 2:46-49; 6:1-3,28).
- Isaac received God’s direct providence in Rebekah at forty (Genesis 24:1-6,58-67).
- Ruth, a widow of Moab, met a rich man by hap, who married her (Ruth 2:1-3; 4:13-17).
- Esther, an orphan captive far from home, met a rich king who loved her (Esther 2:8,17).
- Abigail, a godly woman who disobeyed her husband, married David (I Sam 25:36-42).
- Bathsheba was trouble to David, but God gave him Solomon by her (II Sam 12:24-25).
- Though a rebellious house, Israel gave more than needed for God’s house (Ex 36:3-7).
- David found great deliverance from God for his very soul (Psalm 31:21-24; 138:3).
- The wild man of the Gadarenes was violently possessed by many devils (Mark 5:1-20).
- Consider barren wombs: Sarah (Genesis 21:6-8), Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24), Hannah (I Sam 1:19-20), woman of Shunem (II Kings 4:12-17), and Elizabeth (Luke 1:7,24-25).
- Consider the life of these great men, who were once children loved by their parents in faith: Moses (Heb 11:23-28), Samuel (I Sam 1:27-28), and Timothy (II Tim 1:5; 3:15).
- On his deathbed, God promised David’s family a perpetual kingdom (II Samuel 23:1-7).
- The widow of Zarephath of Zidon saw God’s power in Elijah again (I Kings 17:17-24).
- Solomon asked for wisdom to be able to do his great job well (I Kings 3:5-14; Jas 1:5).
- Jehoshaphat begged God for help, when not knowing what to do (II Chron 20:1-30).
- Elisha’s servant was dismayed with fear of not knowing what to do (II Kings 6:13-23).
- Two spies were certainly in a pickle, when they were caught at Rahab’s (Joshua 2:1-7).
- Joshua was running out of time, so the Lord stopped the sun for him (Joshua 10:6-14).
- Saul surrounded David, but God brought a diversion for poor Saul (I Samuel 23:26-29).
- Three Hebrew men faced horrible circumstances for fearing the LORD (Dan 3:19-27).
- Paul had great confidence in God’s abililty to preserve men in a storm (Acts 27:21-26).
- Samson made his final request to the LORD for strength after great sin (Judges 16:28).
- David sinned greatly, but confessed, and the LORD quickly forgave (II Samuel 12:13).
- Ahab sinned far more than most, but God had mercy even upon him (I Kings 21:25-29).
- Manasseh sinned horribly, was judged severely, and then forgiven (II Chron 33:1-20).
- Saul of Tarsus was forgiven persecution and made an apostle (Gal 1:13-24; I Tim 1:16).
- Did Joshua decide not to pray, because the sun usually moved each day (Joshua 10:12)?
- Did Elisha tremble about his hard request for twice the spirit of Elijah (II Kings 2:9)?
- Did Abraham weakly resign himself to God’s plan to destroy Sodom (Gen 18:23-33)?
- Esau swore to kill Jacob, but kissed and made up graciously (Gen 27:41-42; 33:1-15).
- Moses, when threatened by hateful enemies, received a powerful answer (Nu 16:28-35).
- Ahithophel was a gifted enemy, but the LORD saved David (II Samuel 16:23 – 17:23).
- Gideon needed a lesson in faith, so God reduced his army to 300 men (Judges 7:1-7).
- Jonathan taught his armourbearer that odds do not matter to the LORD (I Sam 14:6-15).
- Asa faced an army of Ethiopians with a numerical superiority of 2-1 (II Chron 14:8-15).
- Since we can see that nothing is too hard for the LORD, we must learn His willingness to help (I Peter 5:7).
- If we gladly give good gifts to our children, being innately selfish, how much better can He (Luk 11:11-13)?
- The LORD takes pleasure in us – believe it (Ps 35:27; 147:11; Pro 11:20; Is 62:4; Zeph 3:17; Mal 3:16-17).
- If we keep our hearts right, He will give what we ask (Ps 145:19; Mat 7:7; 21:22; Jas 4:2-3; I Jn 3:22; 5:14).
- Obey God, for this is the first rule of His blessings toward us (II Chronicles 16:9; Psalm 37:4; 84:11; 1:1-6).
- Strip yourself of all self-confidence, and trust the Lord only (II Chron 20:12 cp I Peter 5:6; Isaiah 66:1-2).
- Expect great things from God and claim them by bold prayer (II Kings 4:3 cp James 4:2-3; 1:5-7; Heb 4:16).
- Glorify him; especially after, but even before His blessings (II Chronicles 20:26-28 cp Psalm 50:14; 37:4).