Words from the Heart for Thursday July 12th, 2018
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV)
Nothing is Too Difficult For Him
This is an excellent verse to memorize. It is the confident declaration of the prophet Jeremiah in a very dark time. Yet, he looked past the serious problems to the very One who is Creator. If nothing is too hard for God, then we can join Jeremiah in putting our confident trust in Him.
Life in Haiti is hard. Decades of political conflict and natural disasters have caused great challenges to the people of Haiti, and Canada has been involved in a number of ways to bring relief. At times, more than 750 Canadian Armed Forces members and 100 Canadian civilian police officers have served there. Canadian Armed Forces engineers brought their expertise in road maintenance, mine disposal, water supply and power generation to the peace support efforts. Logistical personnel provided vehicle maintenance, transport, administrative and medical capabilities.
Life can be really challenging. You’ve probably noticed that. Thankfully most days go by pretty much as planned but not always. And when they don’t go as planned, when the difficulties come, the natural fright or flight response kicks in. There is a third alternative, by the way. Listen to what Jeremiah 32:17 says: ““Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Here is the point the prophet is making. God created all things. He spoke them into being. Every star and planet you see in the night sky, and every majestic and beautiful thing you see on this planet, God created. In His creation we see His great power, and authority – that is what Jeremiah is speaking about when he mentions God’s outstretched arm. And if God is powerful enough and has that kind of authority, surely He has the power and authority to step into your most challenging situation and set things right. So the next time you are facing a challenge, don’t freeze or flee. Trust in the God who created you.
These have been words from the heart.