“Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” -Genesis 18:14 (NASB)
This is a question that can transform your life when you apply it to your circumstances. It is a rhetorical question, so it assumes your answer will be “No.” You can take this question, and put it beside anything you are presently facing, and it will bring you an immediate God perspective.
Let’s consider the context of this question, which was asked by the Lord Himself.
God had made a promise to Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child. However, three men—two of them being angels—approached Abraham by the Oaks of Mamre. Abraham undoubtedly recognized one as being deity— perhaps a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ. He said to Abraham that this time next year, he and Sarah would have a son. Keep in mind that Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 89, way past the child-bearing years. Sarah was listening to this conversation and responded with laughter. That laughter manifested doubt, and that was when the Lord asks the question, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?”
Think about the power of each word of the question:
“Is anything”—”Anything” covers absolutely everything; nothing is excluded. This word, “Anything,” addresses your circumstances.
“Too difficult.”—The word “Difficult” here means “beyond one’s power or ability.” The shift is from your power or ability to God’s power and ability. Sarah’s womb was dead. The opportunity for child birth had passed; However, our God can take what seems to be a missed opportunity and give you a new opportunity. If you feel you have blown it because of something you did or didn’t do in your past, God can give you a new opportunity. He is the God of a second chance.
“For the Lord?” Consider Who is asking the question. It is the God Who is omnipotent; He can do absolutely anything. He knows exactly what He will do to address the difficulty you are facing. If there is no answer, He can create the answer with just a word. He is omniscient, meaning He knows everything past, present and future; therefore He knows exactly what you need, where you need it and when you need it. The Lord is omnipresent, meaning He can be everywhere at once, at all times. He is right in the middle of your situation. Faith answers the question, “Is anything too difficult for the Lord,” with a resounding, “No!”
DAILY DO IT
Today, think about your difficult situation. Is it a physical problem, a financial difficulty, a relationship issue or a family burden? Is it too much for God to handle? Absolutely not! Your peace and joy will begin the moment you release your need to the Lord, and trust Him to handle your situation.
Right now, fill in the blank: Is _________________ (your issue, circumstance, situation) too difficult for the Lord? Your answer to that question will determine your joy and peace, or lack of it. Release your “anything” to the God of all power, and start living in the blessing of the His promises.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”