The very young often encounter things that are too hard for them. Within just a few years, however, a young person at the peak of his or her mental and physical capacities can feel that nothing is too hard—but all too quickly we learn of our limitations.
I'm sure that most of us have experienced that feeling of invincibility during our youth. But life goes by quickly and our physical prowess fades. Professional athletes begin to wane, and the end of their athletic careers comes into view as their bodies age.
Mental abilities and other vocational capacities may 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 weight lifter can only lift the amount of weight his physical body will support. We have limited mental capacities, as well, and eventually, certain activities become too difficult or strenuous.
In the Bible, the ancient Hebrew leader 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. In reality, they were losing hope and demonstrating a severe lack of faith. This discouraged Moses so much that he said to God, “[P]lease kill me here and now” (v. 15).
God answered Moses with a reminder that He did not share our human limitations: “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?” (v. 23). And He then miraculously provided solutions (vv. 17–31).
God had promised the ancient Patriarch Abraham a child, but withheld His promise until Sarah, his wife, was well past childbearing (Genesis 18:11). God asked Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (v. 14). And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, exactly as God had promised (Genesis 21:1–2). This miracle 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 Creator. God is real, and nothing escapes His notice. “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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