Ah Lord God, behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee. —Jeremiah 32:17
The scriptures declare that at the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of transfer legally sealed and witnessed. This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. Prudence could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had bidden him, for well he knew that God will be justified of all His children.
He yields therefore to the will of God and reasons thus: “Ah, Lord God! Thou can make this plot of ground of use to me; Thou can rid this land of these oppressors; Thou can make me yet sit under my vine and my fig-tree in the heritage which I have bought; for Thou did make the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.” This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they dare dto do at God’s command things which carnal reason would condemn for lack of understanding.
Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams’ horns, they all act upon God’s command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith!
I pray to God, Beloved, that we had in the religion of these modern times a greater infusion of this Heroic Faith in God. That we would venture more upon the naked promise of God, and thus should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers. Today Beloved, let Jeremiah’s place of confidence be yours, stand in Heroic Faith, and declare, “nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth!”