A Great Question from a Great God by James Merritt

A Great Question from a Great God
James Merritt
Jeremiah 32:27


1. ''Is there anything too hard for God?'' That could be a very insulting question if puny man were to ask that of a powerful God, and it could receive a very embarrassing answer.

2. I heard about a Sunday School teacher who was examining her pupils after a series of lessons on the omnipotence of God. She asked, ''Now that we've studied all about the greatness of God, is there anything God can't do?''

3. Well there was dead silence. Finally one little boy held up his hand. The teacher couldn't believe it. She had hammered for weeks and weeks about the omnipotent power of God. She looked at that young man and said, ''Well, Sammy, just what is it that God can't do?''

4. The little boy said, ''Well, He can't please everybody.''

5. Now this question was not asked of God. It was not asked about God. It was not asked to God. It was asked by God. In fact, God asked this question twice. In Genesis 18 God was talking to Abraham. He had promised Abraham a son even though Abraham's wife, Sarah, was over ninety years of age. Well Sarah overheard God's conversation with Abraham and she laughed out loud when she heard that God was going to give Abraham a son. Why she was old enough to have great grandchildren, much less children. The Lord took umbrage at what she said, and said to Abraham, ''And the Lord said to Abraham, 'Why did Sarah laugh, saying, 'Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?' Is anything too hard for the Lord?'' (Genesis 18:13-14a)

6. Here to Jeremiah God repeats the same question. ''Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?'' (v.27) Now Jeremiah already knew the answer. In fact, he had already given it. ''Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.'' (v.17) May I just say that if Jeremiah's answer is not true, then God could ...

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