Summary: Another message on the awesome power of God!
Nothing is Too Difficult for God
My message will be rather brief this morning (no cheering, please!), because given the fact that we will be eating shortly, then have our meeting, I don’t want to keep us any later than necessary.
This is not news to you, but I’m going to tell you anyway. Nothing is too difficult for God.
Nothing, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nothing is too difficult for God.
And this morning I want to focus on 3 things in particular that are not too difficult for God.
My purpose this morning is to give us a fresh glimpse of the adequacy of God as we enter a new church year, with new vision and new vigor.
The first area I want to explore is…
I. Physical (Sarah – Genesis 18:14)
Please turn with me to Genesis 18, starting in verse 9, which can be found on page 11 of the Bibles in the seats.
"Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him.
"There, in the tent," he said.
Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son."
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"
Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, `Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
God is bigger than our physical limitations. In the case of our Biblical example, He was able bring about something that was not only unusual, it was downright miraculous.
In order for God to fulfill His promise to Abraham to give him descendants like the stars in the sky, He would have to do something a little out of the ordinary.
In this case, He would have to cause a 90 year old woman to be able to, first of all, become pregnant by a 100 year old man, and then second, carry a baby to full term, without deadly complications.
Oh, and then she lived 37 years after Isaac was born.
Whew! That’s a big order. But not for God.
God is bigger than our physical limitations, and He is able to work in our bodies in such a way as to go beyond what we are normally capable of.
God is able to heal.
Sometimes He chooses to do that supernaturally. Sometimes He chooses to do that through medical technology.
And sometimes He chooses to not heal at all. I don’t know why, except that He is glorified by the choices He makes, whether we understand them or not.
Have you ever come to the point when you have done all you can do in a given situation?
Maybe you were not able to physically finish a task. Maybe you were all out of ideas for a project. Maybe your financial resources were exhausted before you could get the thing you needed or wanted.
It was impossible to continue. For us, yes, but for God, never. Nothing is too difficult for God.
His resources are limitless.
And when we talk about the physical, we need to think of not only our bodies, but also about the whole physical and material world around us. Listen as I read from Acts 12.
But first, let me give you the setting: Peter had been arrested by King Herod, after previously putting to death James, the brother of John, because he saw that it pleased the Jews to persecute the Christians.
Peter was put in prison, guarded by 16 soldiers before the planned trial. We pick it up in verse 5:
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Then the angel said to him, "Put on your clothes and sandals." And Peter did so. "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me," the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.