What is Your Anything?
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. ~Genesis 18:14
While growing up, children can sometimes get exasperated with new responsibilities or projects. If something poses challenges in making them think and keep working away, they might react by saying, “This is too hard.” Something “too hard’ might be a perception on our part. On the other hand, something too hard could also be a reality due to complete incapability and insufficient resources on our part. God asked Sarah and Abraham, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” What is your anything?
We see the obstacle.
“Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” Sarah was 89 years old and Abraham was 99 years old. Biologically, both of them were past the age of being able to have children. In Hebrews 11, Paul said that their bodies were “as good as dead.” After waiting for 24 years for God to bless them in having a son, God’s affirmation of His original promise sounded farfetched, too hard, and impossible. Sarah’s anything was a being at the point in life where she couldn’t have children. She was completely incapable. She and Abraham were at the end of themselves. To Sarah, it was too hard. Her reaction was one of scorn, mocking, disbelief, and skepticism. What is your anything that is too hard? Have you arrived at a place in life where you are equating your “any thing too hard” with being too hard for God? Have you brought God down to your level of “too hard” instead of bringing your “any thing too hard” to His level of "God can do anything"?
We see the omnipotence.
God surprised Sarah when He told her that He heard her laughing within herself. He asked her, “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” The Hebrew word for Lord is Adonai, which means the One Who is sovereignly in control and Master over everything. God is omnipotent. This means He is all-powerful. He embodies this in His name “El Shaddai,” or Almighty God. Omnipotent means there is nothing that He does not know and nothing that He cannot do. Name me one thing that you think is too hard for the Lord. Instead of focusing on what we think is too hard, the omnipotence of God focuses us on the God Who is Creator God, the Most High God, God Who is almighty, God Who is everlasting, and the mighty God. We must die to thinking, “It’s too hard,” and instead, think, “God can do anything.”
We see the observation.
God followed this question by making a final affirmation of His promise, commitment, and coming performance. He told her that He has an appointed time: this means God works for us according to His timing. “I will return unto thee” means God will do it. Think about those words: “I will.” Then, according to the time of life, Sarah would have a son. Sarah would conceive and bring forth a son within nine months. God would take care of the "too hard” and Sarah would go through the ordinary course of bringing forth a son.
We see the opportunity.
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” Your “any thing too hard” is an opportunity to taste and see that the Lord is good. It is your opportunity to "believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Your incapability is the opportunity for His capability. Your powerlessness is the opportunity for His power. Don’t ask, “Can God?” Instead, believe that God can! Let your anything be His opportunity to show Himself strong.
Have a faith-believing God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 9-12