Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)

I love when in Genesis when Sarah laughs about getting pregnant, the Lord simply says, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” Think about it. Sarah’s argument was completely valid and rational. She was ninety years old. Her body no longer had the natural ability to have a baby. That season of her life was over. Adam and Sarah’s ability to Have a child the “old fashion way” had dried up…

Hope was gone.

When Sarah overheard the Lord talking to her husband by pregnancy coming your near future, she laughs. She is every rational argument in the world did doubt argue with God’s promise. It simply wasn’t possible.

That’s the problem, isn’t it? We, like Sarah, are still expecting that logic, rational thinking, and possibility I constraints that God must work within. God is bigger than the laws of physics, nature, and the wisdom of man. He is the One who created everything out of nothing.

He is the One who said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18).

Jesus doesn’t play by the rules and limitations of this world. He calms the storm. He heals the sick. He brings the dead to life. We don’t always see miracles, but we shouldn’t be surprised when He shows up. The Bible tells us that Jesus hasn’t changed. His name is still above all names (Philippians 2:9). He still holds everything together (Colossians 1:17). Jesus is still working in our lives.

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

The answer is, NO!


Experiencing God Through His Creation

imageI went to the beach last week. Susan, myself Lorna, Tyler, and my granddaughter Lillian went to California to visit with Susan’s Mom. I’m not a big California fan, but there are a couple of things that really grab attention while I’m there; the giant sequoias, the mountains of Yosemite, and the beach at Santa Cruz. We didn’t have time to travel to Yosemite this trip, so I escaped to the beach.

Santa Cruz is know as “Surf City, USA” according to Surfer magazine. The power of the waves and the swells break perfectly for surfing. It is amazing watching those athletes “catch a wave”. For me, however it is not about the surfing; it’s about the power, the sounds of water crashing against the rocks, the foam, the smell, all of it put together makes for a dramatic demonstration of God’s marvelous handy work. What a wonderful place to have devotions. Each morning as the sun was rising on the Eastern bay, I would settle in to the read my Bible, write down some thoughts, and pray. It is amazing the inspiration that bubbles up with those stimulating surroundings moving you.

Here’s a thought. This week, take an hour, go outdoors, under a tree, by stream or pond, sit on a rock or anywhere you feel creation. See what happens. Allow the God of the universe to speak to you. I think, as I was last week, you will be amazed.

Experiencing God through His creation,

Sound Comes Forth!

Our state bird, the Cardinal or Red Bird, breaks the quiet of predawn with his unique song. Another answers in kind. They are the first to announce the coming sunrise. Soon a variety of birds are joining their song adding to the chorus with their own distinct songs, filling the morning with a beautiful concert of musical celebration

The Tom Gobbler rattles the woods with his gobble, gobble, gobble, as the sun lightens the east. A woodpecker’s rata-tat-tat serves to announce his workday has begun. The woods are alive with SOUND.

SOUNDS, notes, musical tone… I am reminded that the world was created by SOUND. Elohim our Creator spoke “Let there be…” and out of those words… SOUND… light burst forth, the universe, stats, sun, moon, our world, dry land, water, trees, animals, man, all was spoken into existence at the SOUND of God’s voice!

Was there a symphony of SOUND when creation happened? What did it SOUND like? Mountains crashing, thunderous roar of water, wind, shifting earth, growing trees, excited birds, animals with never before heard voices…. Was man’s first words a whisper or a shout? Did he cry? Perhaps both.

Did all of nature, the universe, and the world break into praise? Did the trees clap their hands? Did the oceans roar? Did the wind sing a lonesome song?

On this spring morning… How can I remain silent? How can I remain quiet? While in the presence of such worshipful SOUND, I will not be silent! I will open my mouth and… speak! I will join creation in worshipful praise to our Creator and my Saviour.

Enjoying the SOUNDS of spring!