“The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for me?’ “ Jeremiah 32:27 That’s a great question; is anything too difficult for God? Are your financial woes so overwhelming that God can’t guide you through the mess? Are your personal and relational problems so severe that God wrings His hands in panic while searching His brain for a solution? Have you a physical ailment that is so unique and so complicated that God has to scratch His head in wonderment at such an unforeseen illness?
The setting of Jeremiah 32 is the revelation of the soon destruction of Jerusalem and Judah at the hands of Nebuchadrezzar, King of Babylon. God makes it clear that His people have brought this disaster upon themselves.
“This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, so that I will remove it from my sight because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they did to provoke me to anger-their kings and their princes, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have set up their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, that I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” Jeremiah 32: 31-32; 34-35
It is clear that the children of Israel have abandoned God for their false Gods and have become so deprived that they even burn their children alive the same as the pagan nations that surround them. The result is that they receive the curses of Deuteronomy and go into captivity.
But here is the interesting and wonderful part of the chapter, God commands through the promptings of the Holy Spirit to purchase land (v. 8). Now this might seem foolish because Judah is going into captivity but it was God’s token sign that the people of Judah would be restored to their land (v. 15)
Starting from verse 36 to verse 44 is a wonderful promise of grace and restoration. These verses are the words of the new covenant because they are based upon what God does for His people through the wonders of grace. Notice the emphasis on “I will” in the following passages.
“I will gather them,” “I will bring them back” “I will make them dwell in safety.” “They shall be my people, and I will be their God.” “I will give them one heart and one way.” “I will make with them an everlasting covenant, and I will not turn away from doing good to them.” I will put the fear of me in their hearts.” “I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and with all my soul.” “I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.” “I will restore their fortunes, says the Lord.”
Chapter 32 of Jeremiah has to be one of the most encouraging passages in all of Scripture. Yes, it’s true God’s wrath runs hot against Judah and the people are allowed to go into captivity, but the reason for this is found in their absolute abandonment of God to live a self-destructive life that ends with them burning their children alive.
The good news is, however, that God will rescue them out of captivity and restore them to the Promised Land and watch over them and keep them secure within His love and compassion. Notice God does it all and the reason He can do it all is because nothing is too difficult for Him.
If God is able to restore Judah from captivity to the Babylonians and bring them once again to Jerusalem then are my individual problems really too big for God to handle? God is the great problem solver and He is more than willing to solve our problems if we will only trust Him and bring those problems to Him.
As Charles Stanley says in his book, Prayer the Ultimate conversation, “Indeed when we approach God, we must embrace the fact that we are interacting with the Almighty, our Lord, Maker, King, Mighty Warrior, Redeemer and faithful High Priest. After all, trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what He sees and can accomplish.” p. 15
Remember “He is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy.” Jude 1:24 And if that isn’t promise enough we read in Luke 1:37, “Nothing will be impossible with God.” And I just have to add John 16:33, “I have said this to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
God loves you unconditionally and you never need be ashamed or overwhelmed with guilt for your sins. God knows we are all sinners; it is our nature. But He loves us regardless and comes calling our names to come home. All we need to do is acknowledge our need and put our trust in His promises that “Whosever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” Nothing you have done is too hard for God to forgive and forget. (See Acts 3:19)
This is the wonder and joy of Christianity. It is not a religion of works and trying harder, but instead it is based on trusting and believing in the God who died for you so that you may have eternal life. Yes, nothing is too hard for God including forgiving us for our sins and redeeming us out of rebellion and indifference. God does it all and it is a gift to us when we are wiling to accept that gift with open hands. His hands bare the nail prints of Calvary that regardless of our circumstances or problems He has proven nothing is too big or difficult for Him to solve on our behalf.
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