Hard

Jeremiah 32:26-27 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

I once met a man who challenged me with this question:

“If God can do anything, can He make a rock so big that He could not lift it?”

Of course, the answer is ‘No.’ But to try to understand those who press the boundaries God has set is one thing. But, there are times we need to question to open our understanding and gain knowledge. At times, it may mean pressing against those boundaries.

Our faith challenges us to question God. He will not and cannot be intimidated by His creation. We are so limited in our knowledge and understanding of the One who created us. Even as we grow and learn, it just seems to expand the depth, the width, and the height of just how big the God of Heaven is. 

The measure of our faith will determine our prayer life. It will decide whether or not we ask for big things, hard things, impossible things. If our faith can see God for who He really is, we can ask with the confidence that He will answer according to His will. 

Abraham was visited by God and was told that he and Sarah will have a child. Abraham believed, but Sarah heard and laughed within herself.

Genesis 18:12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?”

Their chronological giftedness made the statement seem impossible to Sarah. When she was confronted about her lack of faith, she denied it.

Genesis 18:15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.”

God said:

Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Elijah was nearing the end of his ministry. As he traveled with Elisha, they reached their destination. Elijah asked:

2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”

Elisha had seen Elijah’s spirit, his faith, and his character. He wanted a double portion of what made him go forward in faith. Knowing only God could answer that request, Elijah responded:

2 Kings 2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.”

Our ignorance of who God is and what He can do keeps us from asking the hard things. 

The longer I am saved, the more I have witnessed God do miracle after miracle. His presence in my life is real because He has shown Himself faithful time after time. A newly saved child of God may have the faith to ask the hard things, but are they according to God’s will?

Even when we feel what we are asking lines up with God’s Word, it is still in God’s hands to do as He would. 

So, what is really a hard thing?

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”

Walking and living in the path of sin is hard.

Deuteronomy 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.”

Discerning who is right, what is right, and determining the right path can be discouraged when you do not allow God to lead in the decision-making process. Some come to God, seeing if He will agree with them, only to walk away, thinking God does not hear them or love them. 

1 Kings 10:1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.”

Hard questions should never cause us to waver. There will never be another person like Solomon gifted with such wisdom. But we do serve the One who has all the answers and gives wisdom to any who will ask.

James 1:5-7 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.”

Each of us has faced some hard things in our lives. 

We have lost loved ones. 

Some have suffered financial loss. 

Others have been touched with sickness or disability. 

Whatever the case, God has not changed, nor will He. 

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ

Our confidence grows as the evidence mounts. Our faith will only grow if we step out to do the things that seem hard, believing that God can and will keep His promises. 

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