The very young often encounter things too hard for them. Within just a few years, however, a young man at the peak of his mental and physical capacities can feel that nothing is too hard—but all too quickly we learn of our limitations.
A young man and young woman also, I’m sure, can feel nearly invincible. But life quickly passes and our physical prowess fades. Professional athletes begin to fade and the ends of their athletic careers come into view as their bodies age.
Mental abilities and other vocational capacities can last longer, and some “hit their stride” later in life as years of efforts and investments “pay off” in creativity and accomplishment. But sooner or later we again discover things becoming too hard for us.
We humans have limitations. Athletic records may be broken, but only by inches or seconds. With surgeries and medicines and discoveries about the wonderful human body, we may extend our life a little longer—but physical things have limitations, after all of this. A weightlifter can only lift the amount of weight his physical body will support. We have limited mental capacities as well and eventually certain activities too difficult or strenuous.
Moses found that leading the people of Israel was becoming a great burden until he concluded, “I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me” (Numbers 11:14). The people wanted meat to eat and were weeping and moaning and complaining to Moses. He was in such a state that he said to God, “…please kill me here and now…” (v. 15).
God answered Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?” (v. 23). And He then miraculously provided solutions (vv. 17–31).
God had promised Abraham a child, but withheld His promise until Sarah was well past childbearing (Genesis 18:11). God asked Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (v. 14). And Sarah did “…conceive and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him” (Genesis 21:1–2). It was not too hard for the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe.
God used Jeremiah, a priest living just a few miles from Jerusalem in the land of Benjamin, to warn the nation of Judah of coming captivity for their heinous sins. His message was strongly resisted by the leaders, whether king, prince, priest or the populace at large. On one occasion, Jeremiah prayed, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You (Jeremiah 32:17). And God answered Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (v. 27).
Hebrews is a wonderful book that explains much of what the Old Testament records. For example, it explains that “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11). And this chapter recounts the faith of so many who believed that nothing is too hard for the Almighty Creator God in heaven.
So we are told, in Hebrews 12:1–2, to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….”
No, there is nothing too hard for the all-powerful God. Nothing escapes Him. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). And “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him…” (Hebrews 7:25).
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