IS ANYTHING TOO HARD?

Favourite Verses Part 3: Jeremiah 32:27

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27)

This verse always makes me smile. I don’t know with what tone God said it. It’s possible that He said it with sternness or sadness but I picture Him saying it with a cheeky, knowing grin. It makes me smile every time I read it.


If you read the book of Jeremiah (where this verse is written) it doesn’t take long to feel the heaviness and sadness throughout it. The book is filled with prophecies about the capture and exile of Judah (the Southern Kingdom of Israel) by Babylon, as a result of Israel’s disobedience to God. It’s a sad time in Israel’s history. And the prophecies that Jeremiah spoke would have filled the Israelites at the time with great despair.


But when we read chapters 29-33, we see a thread of hope emerging through the sadness. We start to see glimmers of hope in what otherwise seems to be a bleak future for Israel. These chapters talk of God’s love for Israel and how He will restore their nation and their land and will one day make a new agreement with them (this new agreement is a reference to Jesus).


I also love this verse, this statement that Jeremiah makes:

Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17)

There is nothing too hard for God! I like how God replies to Jeremiah’s statement:

I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? (Jeremiah 32:27)

Obviously the answer to that question is no. Nothing is too hard for God. It’s such an obvious answer that God poses a rhetorical question in His reply. How incredible to think that we serve a God who finds nothing too difficult. We know that nothing is too difficult for God just by looking at what He has created and what He controls:

It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies… (Jeremiah 31:35)

If you need more reassurance that God can do anything, then read Job 38-41 and Isaiah 40:12-31. And if you already believe that He can do anything, you should read these anyway as they are an incredible reminder. It’s overwhelming what He can do.


The popular Jeremiah 29:11 is also found within these chapters of Jeremiah:

I say this because I know what I am planning for you,” says the LORD. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! I will let you find me,” says the LORD. “And I will bring you back from your captivity. I forced you to leave this place, but I will gather you from all the nations, from the places I have sent you as captives,” says the LORD. “And I will bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)

He’s not a tyrannical God who loves to use His power for selfish gain. He loves to use His power to help us. He uses His ultimate power to show His ultimate love for us. That’s the kind of God I want to serve.


Like He disciplined the Israelites by sending them into captivity, He will at times discipline us too. But as you can see in this passage above, He is for us and not against us. He cares about our future, never neglecting us – even when it’s not the future we hoped for.


Ah, sovereign Lord, we acknowledge that nothing is too hard for you. Thank you for showing us your glory. Thank you for blessing us with your power and incomprehensible capabilities. You are a God worthy of all our praise.


I leave you with a bunch of verses that further showcase God’s incredible power:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has shown you his grace. Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor. He will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary said to the angel, “How will this happen since I am a virgin?” The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. For this reason the baby will be holy and will be called the Son of God. Now Elizabeth, your relative, is also pregnant with a son though she is very old. Everyone thought she could not have a baby, but she has been pregnant for six months. God can do anything!” (Luke 1:30-37)
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:13-14)
God, the Holy One, says, “Can you compare me to anyone? Is anyone equal to me?” Look up to the skies. Who created all these stars? He leads out the army of heaven one by one and calls all the stars by name. Because he is strong and powerful, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:25-26)


Read Favourite Verses Part 1: Hebrews 6:19a

Read Favourite Verses Part 2: Joshua 1:9

Read Favourite Verses Part 4: Matthew 6:25-27

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