Jeremiah 32:17 - Ah Lord God! Truly, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm, and there is nothing too hard for You.
In this text, Jeremiah was in prison, which was possibly a dungeon during this time in history. He was imprisoned for preaching an unpopular message of God's wrath for sin and idolatry by way of captivity for 70 years at the hands of their enemies, the Babylonians.
Jeremiah spoke what God told him to say to His the people: "I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylons, regardless of how hard you fight to defend it." Jerusalem would be conquered and the king would be captured was his direct message to them from God.
To sum up what Jeremiah was saying is to say "the defeat of His people is imminent says the Lord!" God will not allow idolatry and disobedience to go unpunished!
King Zedekiah didn’t like that prophetic message of defeat spoken by Jeremiah, therefore he threw the Prophet Jeremiah (God's Preacher) in prison.
How many people are like that today? When the Preacher says what says the Lord from the scripture they get mad at the Preacher. Get mad at God for it is He who gives seed to the sower. The Preacher is just the deliverer of God's message to God's people.
In his prayer to God, Jeremiah recognized and praised the great power of God by confessing the truth that there is nothing too hard for God with these profound words "surely if You could make the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your stretched-out arms You could do anything."
What situation are you dealing with the that the enemy has convinced you that God can't fix it? Is there anything too hard for the Lord?
I must admit that sometimes life is hard and it's not always what we expect it to be at times and often times we do not anticipate being in the hard places we find ourselves in for very long but sometimes that is exactly what happens. We are there longer than we expect and longer than we want to be there.
I spent over 20 plus years in emotional and mental valleys, ditches and trenches of pain, suffering, one disappointment after another, heartache, tears, struggle, etc. and there were definitely times when I thought I was never gonna get out. Not that God was not able to get me out but that His timing was taking too long. Guess what? He kept my mind in tact in the midst of it all and I came out on the other side of through, stronger, wiser and better.
With the help of the Holy Spirit and daily spending hours in the word of God with God, I was able to remain stable mentally in the midst of what seemed like never ending chaos and stress for years.
The suffering I endured not only forced me to God but it also brought me into a closer relationship with God and dependency upon Him because there were times when I could not go to the left, right, front or backwards. I just had to stand still and trust God.
Olive has to be pressed and crushed for the oil to come out. We do not want to go through anything but we want the fullness of all that God has for us. Let me tell you this, you WILL NOT get it apart from pain and suffering.
Search the scriptures and you will see how God's people who did a great work for God suffered. Jeremiah in this text is proof. The Apostle Paul in the new testament is proof. NO CROSS, NO CROWN!
When Jeremiah considers the work of God hands he understands that he is serving a God with Whom nothing shall be impossible for the heavens above us and the world around us declare the power and Person of God.
No one can stop God’s plans or promises for your life or mine for they are irreversible. He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
God does whatever He please when He please and how He is pleases to do it.
While Jeremiah was forced to remain in an unpleasant place called prison, He reflected on the power of God which brought about hope and comfort within him.
Is there anything too hard for the Lord? No, nothing is impossible with God.
People of God, get refocus through the Word of God.
Bless you all on today.