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Summary: The Almighty God

NOTHING IS TOO HARD FOR OUR GOD

JER. 32: 17, 27, 42

INTRODUCTION: WHEN WE CONSIDER THE FACT THAT GOD MADE EVERYTHING, WE AFFIRM HIS SOVEREIGNTY. GOD, WHO WAS BEFORE TIME, AND WHO WILL BE WHEN TIME IS NO MORE, HAS AT HIS DISPOSAL UNLIMITED POWER AND RESOURCES THAT CANNOT BE MEASURED. MOSES AMPLIFIED THE MAJESTY OF GOD BY DECLARING THAT THOU HADST BEEN OUR DWELLING PLACE IN ALL GENERATIONS. BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORM THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, EVEN FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, THOU ART GOD. OUR GOD IS A GREAT GOD. WHO ELSE COULD CALL A UNIVERSE INTO EXISTENCE? WHO ELSE COULD FORM MAN FROM THE DUST OF THE GROUND, PUT BREATH IN HIS NOSTRILS AND HE BECOMES A LIVING SOUL? WHO ELSE COULD ORDER THE SUN TO SHINE BY DAY AND THE MOON BY NIGHT? WE SING THE SONG, HOW GREAT THOU ART; AND RIGHTFULY SO. THERE IS NO PROBLEM THAT GOD CAN’T SOLVE, NO SORROW HE CAN’T HEAL, NO TEAR THAT HE CAN’T DRY, AND NO BURDEN THAT HE CAN’T LIFT. WHEN I EXAMINE THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD, I HAVE REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR OUR GOD.

I. TEXT

THE CHILDREN OF ISREAL AND JUDAH HAD PROVOKED GOD TO WRATH BY THEIR CONTINUAL PATTERN OF SIN. THEY HAD GONE WHORING AFTER OTHER GODS, THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO GOD HAD BEEN TRANGRESSED, AND THEY TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN THE SOURCE OF THEIR BLESSINGS. AS A CONSEQUENCE GOD WAS GOING TO CAUSE THEIR LAND TO BE DESTROYED, AND THE KING OF BABYLON WOULD CARRY THEM AWAY INTO CAPTIVITY. ALLOW ME TO MOCK TIME MOMENTARIY, WHENEVER YOU FAIL TO PRAISE, WORSHIP, AND SERVE GOD, GOD WILL RAIN DOWN ON YOU A PLETHORA OF PERPLEXING PROBLEMS, DIVINELY DESIGNED TO FRUSTRATE, IGATATE, AND IRRATATE YOU IN AN EFFORT TO GET YOU TO SEE THE FOLLY OF YOUR WAYS.

SOMETIMES GOD HAS TO BEND US IN ORDER TO BUILD US. SOMETIMES HE HAS TO BLIND US SO THAT WE CAN SEE. SOMETIMES GOD HAS TO CRIPPLE US SO THAT HE CAN CURE US. AND WHENEVER YOU TAKE YOUR EYES OFF GOD, HE WILL LET YOU STEW IN THE JUICES OF YOUR OWN CONSEQUENCES. ILLUSTRATION-SAMSON.

GOD INSTRUCTED JEREMIAH TO PURCHASE LAND FROM HIS UNCLE’S SON, THEN BURY THE EVIDENCE IN THE GROUND. JEREMIAH DID WHAT GOD INSTRUCTED, BUT WONDERED IF IT REALLY MADE SENSE, SEEING THAT THEY WERE ON THE THRESOLD OF CAPTIVITY. AT THAT TIME JEREMIAH DID NOT KNOW THAT THERE WAS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL BECAUSE GOD WOULD ULTIMATELY AND EVENTUALLY DELIVER HIS CHILDREN FROM THEIR CALAMITIES. JEREMIAH MAKES THE STATEMENT IN VERSE 17, THAT THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR GOD. GOD RESPONDS THAT I AM THE LORD, THE GOD OF ALL FLESH: IS THERE ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR ME? IN OTHER WORDS, I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO DO. THERE IS NOTHING TOO HARD FOR OUR GOD.

II. CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION

ALTHOUGH GOD WAS GOING TO DISCIPLINE HIS CHILDREN, HE WAS ALSO GOING TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER CHANCE. AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS. NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU MESS UP, IT IS NOT HARD FOR GOD TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR MESS UP. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU GO DOWN, YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY DOWN. ILLUSTRATION-PUNCHING BAG.

NOTICE THAT ALTHOUGH ISREAL AND JUDAH WERE GUILTY OF IDOLATRY, AND A HOST OF OTHER SINS, GOD WAS STILL GRACIOUS TO THEM. AND ALTHOUGH WE ARE OFTEN TIMES GUILTY OF THIS OR THAT, GOD IS STILL GRACIOUS TOWARDS US. WE SHOULD SHOUT AND CELEBRATE THAT WE SERVE A GOD WHO GIVES NOT JUST SECOND CHANCES, BUT ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER CHANCE.

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