JEREMIAH 32:26: “Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 27“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”
OBSERVATION: Have you ever been faced with seemingly insurmountable odds? Everything looked hopeless and you asked yourself – “Where is God?” This is where Jeremiah found himself. He had been obedient to the Lord in bringing the Word of the Lord to Judah. For his obedience Jeremiah was thrown into jail. On top of that the Babylonian army was laying a siege against Judah. And to make matters more confusing the Lord asked him to buy a piece of property in the very land that was ready to be taken captive by the enemy. Naturally, Jeremiah was confused. He questioned the Lord. Jeremiah 32:27 was the Lord’s response to him – “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh is there anything too hard for Me?”
What a wonderful reminder of God’s omnipotence and sovereignty! He is all powerful! He holds the affairs of this world, and more personally – my life in His hands. Nothing is too hard for Him. Nothing is beyond His reach. Throughout the remainder of chapters 32-33 the Lord tells Jeremiah how He will restore Israel from all the nations it was scattered to and bring them back as His chosen people. What seems improbable because of the pending situation, and impossible within the scope of Jeremiah’s ability, was possible with God!
Recently I have walked through such an experience. Having an artificial aortic heart valve I visit my Cardiologist every six months for a check up. After my recent check up he wanted to do a CT scan to get a different and more accurate measurement of my aorta, the operation of the valve, and a constant leak I have had since the surgery in 2003. The scan came back showing my aorta had enlarged from a measurement of 4.7 to 6.2. This began a journey of visits to both a Cardiactric Interventionist and Cardiactric Surgeon. All were convinced that I needed surgery to replace both the valve and the aortic root in my heart. This was a much more invasive operation than my last one. I was scheduled for three tests at the hospital to get a better mapping of the heart before proceeding.
Karen and I were prepared for surgery. I alerted both my consulting company, and the church. I let our congregation know that, apart from a creative miracle, I would be out for 8-10 weeks at least. The night before the tests Karen and I rearranged the furniture in our house so that I could recover in our bedroom. Our church was standing in prayer for us, and we were praying. I was trusting the Lord, but to be honest, after all I was told, I was prepared for surgery. We went in for the transesophegeal echocardiogram, and a right and left heart cath. It was a full 12 hour day of testing. Through it all we were praying and resting in the Lord. When the results came in – no surgery was needed! The 6.2 measurement from the CT scan was in reality 4.7! The moderate to sever leak in the valve was in reality a mild leak! All of my blood vessels were clear and their was no blockage!
When I spoke to my cardiologist a couple of weeks later in a follow up appointment I found out that he had inquired as to the accuracy of the CT scan, but the hospital that did the test did not respond. Was this a mistake in the test, or did the Lord do a creative miracle in my life? To be honest, we do not know. However, like the blind man I can say – I was headed for surgery, and now I am not! I don’t really know what happened, but I do know this was the Lord’s answer to our prayers. The God to whom nothing is too hard stepped in my life and intervened. 11 years ago I had to undergo heart surgery, and now this time I did not. Both times I entrusted my life to – “…the God to whom nothing is too hard”
This is the beauty of the promise of Jeremiah 32:27. Jeremiah was still in jail. Babylon was still going to conquer Judah. Yet, in the midst of it all stood the promise of the Sovereign God who assured Jeremiah that He was in control and was working all things for good for His chosen people. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord – you are His chosen people. He is working on your behalf! He is present to lead, guide, and sustain you. He is our Savior, Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Healer, and Soon Coming King! Nothing is too hard for Him! It is a wonderful and safe place to be in His loving hands! In Jesus Name!